On Sale: April 4, 2017
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Literature and Fiction | Historical
A stunning debut novel that examines the price of
loyalty, the burden of regret, the meaning of salvation,
and the sacrifices we make for those we love, told in the
voices of two unforgettable women linked by a decades-old
family mystery at a picturesque lake house.
In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her
family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her
disappearance destroys the family—her father commits
suicide, and her mother and two older sisters spend the
rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-
long vigil for the lost child.
Sixty years later, Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle
sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before her death,
she writes the story of that devastating summer in a
notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the
only person who might care: her grandniece, Justine. For
Justine, the lake house offers freedom and stability—a
way to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her
daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota
winter is just beginning. The house is cold and
dilapidated. The dark, silent lake is isolated and eerie.
Her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know
more about the summer of 1935 than he’s telling.
Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed
with Emily’s disappearance, her mother arrives to steal
her inheritance, and the man she left launches a
dangerous plan to get her back. In a house haunted by the
sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must
overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself
and her children.
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