A teen girl disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot, in this chilling debut supernatural thriller for fans of Natasha Preston, Karen McManus, and Rory Power.
La Cachette, Louisiana, is the worst place to be if you have something to hide.
This tiny town, where seventeen-year-old Grey spends her summers, is the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World–and the place where Elora Pellerin, Grey’s best friend, disappeared six months earlier.
Grey can’t believe that Elora vanished into thin air any more than she can believe that nobody in a town full of psychics knows what happened. But as she digs into the night that Elora went missing, she begins to realize that everybody in town is hiding something – her grandmother Honey; her childhood crush Hart; and even her late mother, whose secrets continue to call to Grey from beyond the grave.When a mysterious stranger emerges from the bayou – a stormy-eyed boy with links to Elora and the town’s bloody history – Grey realizes that La Cachette’s past is far more present and dangerous than she’d ever understood. Suddenly, she doesn’t know who she can trust. In a town where secrets lurk just below the surface, and where a murderer is on the loose, nobody can be presumed innocent–and La Cachette’s dark and shallow lies may just rip the town apart.
My Review + Mood Board
Thank you so much to Penguin Teen/Razorbill and Netgalley for providing an e-arc copy. All thoughts and opinions are still my own.
I’ve read a lot of paranormal thrillers lately and was a little worried going into this one that it would get lost in the mass. But I knew from the very first chapter that this book was going to blow me away. Ginny Myers Sain’s writing is so captivating and dreamy. I was sucked straight into this haunted bayou town.
And the beautiful writing led to a setting that completely transported me. I felt the heat and rain. I felt the character’s pain and grief and every emotion in between. Everything about this story held me captive until the last page.
This also perfectly executed unlikeable characters. Everyone in here is dealing with deep grief as well as personal secrets and the every day struggles of being a teenager. And because of that they make some not-so-wise choices are act irrationally. But I loved them all anyways. Every character felt individual and realistic and I was rooting for them even through the bad.
I also loved that the lush world and characters held my attention so fully that I completely missed the final reveal. I love reveals that you don’t guess but seem so obvious once they happen. I 100% should have seen this coming, but I was too wrapped up in the story to spend a second building plausible conclusions. And I love that feeling in thrillers!
Overall I’m just obsessed with this magical, haunted story and I can’t wait to read more from this author as soon as possible!
Meet the Author
Ginny Myers Sain is the author of DARK AND SHALLOW LIES, her debut YA novel available 8-31-21 from Razorbill/Penguin. Although she comes from a long line of writers, her first love has always been the theatre. She has a degree in theatre and has spent most of her career teaching acting and directing plays and musicals. Ginny currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her teenage son and a very cowardly doberman named Shipley. When she is not working in the theatre or writing, you’re likely to find her listening to true crime podcasts, taking pictures of alligators, eating tacos, or planning a trip to Walt Disney World.
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