Emma Davis is an artist who is beginning to make a name for herself in the New York City art world. But, 15 years ago, she suffered a traumatic event while at summer camp and it still haunts her, shown through her paintings. When the owner of the camp, socialite Francesca Harris-White, shows up at one of her gallery exhibits and invites her to return to the newly opened Camp Nightingale as a painting instructor, Emma agrees as she sees it as an opportunity to explore what happened that last fateful night years ago.
I went into this story blind and have omitted many details included in the book’s synopsis. Emma is the narrator and transitions from past to present throughout in her telling of the events. I often questioned whether she was reliable or not, which just added to the gloominess of the overall feel of the story. There are quite a few principal characters to help keep you off balance as I tried to navigate truths and lies. Every time I thought I had things figured out I ran into a new curveball.
This is part psychological thriller, part mystery and suspense. The setting is rather creepy, the characters murky and the mystery confounding. The narrator, Nicol Zanzarella, was outstanding as she handled a large cast expertly and kept my focus on Emma as the main character. This is my second book where she’s delivered an outstanding performance and is now on my list of favorites. The ending has one of the most delicious, twisty endings that wasn’t so much a surprise to me as the way it was orchestrated. It was just a fine closing to a very satisfying and interesting reading experience.
- Release Date: July 3, 2018
- Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella
- Audio Length: 12 hours, 13 minutes
(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)