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 the stranger'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.
Be prepared to read way past your bedtime.
Written in the voice of the two lead characters, Quinn and Alex, the story of Esther is told. Both see her in totally different ways. Quinn knows her as the Saint Esther, the perfect roommate and best friend who disappeared one night while Quinn was out. Alex knows her as the mysterious girl who shows up in his town whom he nicknames Pearl. Alex is drawn to Pearl and wants to know what she is doing in his town and staying in the supposedly haunted abandoned house across from his. In the end, both Quinn and Alex’s worlds are rocked by the truth they discover. Nothing is as it seems.
I was so enthralled with this book I couldn’t put the book down and was up late into the night reading it. Usually I can figure out the endings but this one was a huge surprise. This is the first book by Mary Kubica that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last.