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 harbour town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where 18 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.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger's spell, Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted rollercoaster ride that builds to a stunning conclusion.
When I finished this book my first thought was - "WOW" the author has some mind to be able to produce a work like this. I haven't read any of Mary Kubica's previous works but I think I need to.
Taking a step back to when I began the book, I was unsure for quite a while what was going on. There are two stories narrated by Quinn and Alex. Unfortunately for some time I thought Alex was a girl - until a "he" reference crept in. These two stories are seemingly unconnected, so that as I flipped between them desperately looking for a link I didn't find one.
Quinn begins to uncover facts about her disappeared room mate that paint a picture of someone she didn't know - think Single White Female. However the story Alex narrates is about him being attracted to a girl in a cafe where he works, how does this tie in?
I read on hoping it would all play out in the end. Then I got a clue! I thought I know where this is going at last - except I didn't - I really didn't and that is why I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars, I would give more if I could. As they say - I never saw it coming........
My thanks to Netgalley for a free copy of this book to review.