Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on February 26, 2019
Genres: mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Source: the publisher
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Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting one another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality-TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.
Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the hearing, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling . . . which is true.
What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book was so good! I didn’t know what to think of it. At first it seems very straightforward. Liv and Jory are mad at the world and more specifically, their parents. Liv feels like participating in pageants has ruined her life. Jory feels that he wasn’t a priority in his family and that his family spent the money that could have paid for a life changing surgery for him on his sister’s pageants. Both of them are bitter and angry with their families for a different reason. Liv files a lawsuit against her parents and all the bad feelings come to a head at the courthouse the morning of the final judgement.
This was such a thriller! I had no idea what was going on. Jory and Liv’s point of view flipped back and forth between them. They were both unreliable narrators and it was so fun to watch them admit more and more of their past experiences as they began to trust each other.
Surprising and exciting! This is a must read if you like mysteries.
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About the Author
Kate A Boorman is an award-winning author from the Canadian prairies. She was born in Nepal and grew up in the small town of Rimbey. She writes speculative fiction and has a mild obsession with abandoned places, memory, and the darkest parts of the forest.
Kate holds a MA in Dramatic Critical theory and a resume full of a bizarre assortment of jobs, from florist to accordion accompanist to “person-who-held-the-drywall-sheet-in-place”. She has participated as a guest and presenter at a variety of Festivals and Conferences in Western Canada.
Kate usually lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her family. Right now she’s living in a faraway land, where there are many baguettes.