It's 1974 in suburban Maryland, and Martie Wheeler is consumed by anxiety. Her father has just dropped dead from a heart attack, two girls have disappeared from the local mall, and President Nixon has turned out to be the liar of the century.
When her mother moves the family to Milwaukee, Martie becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to the missing girls while her depressed older sister, Blaire, befriends a strange artist known as "the witch."
While trying to survive her new life on the shores of moody Lake Michigan, Martie learns of a dark family secret that threatens to upend her world altogether.
- I loved the time period. I don't think I have read a book that was based in the 70s in a long time. It was fun to have the Nixon administration and Watergate woven into the story.
- I have gone through some of the things that Martie experienced, definitely not in the same way, but I think that it helped me relate to her story.
- The characters in the book were interesting - they were realistic and there were times that you wanted to hate them and then the next minute you loved them.
- I didn't love the writing. I felt like it was a little juvenile. As interesting as the characters were, they weren't fully developed. It felt like a debut, I am not sure if it was or not, but there was potential for more good works.
- I almost wish that Blaire was the main character, rather than Martie. I just did not connect to Martie as much.
- The mother drove me insane. I hated how she acted and the way she kept secrets.