In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.


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The beginning of this book is bland, so bland I put it down and nearly didn’t pick it back up.

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I’m glad that I did continue reading it as the story line soon picks up.

We start off hearing from Quinn and Alex, these characters both live on the edge of Lake Michigan and they both have their own issues they are dealing with. Alex is stuck at home with his drunk father, stalking a girl he has just met. Quinn just complains about everything. She irritated me.

Although the characters annoyed me with their incessant whinging, once I got into the story I couldn’t put the book down. The two story lines of the characters are held together by one link, the girl with the ombre hair. These come crashing together at the end of the book, in a plot twist I did not see coming.

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Although this is a good book with a killer twist, it’s not memorable.

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