Part coming-of-age novel, part ghost story, part psychological thriller - a powerful novel of adolescent friendship, betrayal and murder Kate Cypher has returned home to Vermont, after a telephone call from friends who are worried about her mother's failing health.
On the night she arrives, a young girl is murdered, a horrific crime that eerily mirrors another from Kate's childhood.
Three decades earlier, her misfit friend Del, shunned and derided by her classmates as "the potato girl", was brutally slain. Del's killer was never found, and Del achieved immortality in local legends and ghost stories. Now, as the new murder investigation draws Kate irresistibly in, her past and present collide in terrifying and unexpected ways.
But nothing is quite what it seems - and the grim spectres of her childhood are far from forgotten.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 07/08/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752882987
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Review by CatieN
Kate Cypher, 41, is an elementary-school nurse living in Seattle. As the books opens, Kate has gone back to the small town she grew up in to take care of her Alzheimer's-inflicted mother, Jean. The day Kate returns, a 13-year-old girl is murdered in the woods near the run-down commune where Kate grew up and where her mother still lives. This is a copycat murder to one 30 years earlier when Kate's friend Del was killed. The book has a good start with a lot of back story about Kate and Del but then turns fairly ordinary with a too-quick ending.