"The setting is as haunting and alive as the little girl’s memory. Heather Young weaves a captivating, multi-layered story that you won't want to put down." —Vanessa Diffenbaugh, international bestselling author of The Language of Flowers and We Never Asked for Wings
"Bracingly observant, psychologically astute, and suspenseful... I found this novel irresistible." —Alice Mattison, author of When We Argued All Night and Nothing is Forgotten in Brooklyn
"Heather Young is a master weaver of plot, time, and character.The result—a haunting and dynamic debut that never falters." —Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street
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.
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