From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery–until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself.

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.
July 7, 2020  |  352 pages
(Read from Jun 14, 2020 to Jul 15, 2020)
Grade: C    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 80% Entertainment, 20% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Sequel Potential:
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This cover like with Wilder Girls made me feel like I had to read it. Another gorgeous cover from this author, she's killing it in the cover department. She's also killing it in the book concept department...I just don't know how I feel about the execution of her concepts. She tends to leave you confused, maybe that's her thing, IDK because she really had me confused in the first half and then things got weird, like uniquely weird. This is one of those books you have to experience for yourself.  (+1 vote)