Newly minted Southern deb Sawyer Taft is invited to compete for a spot in a secret society called the White Gloves in the sequel to Little White Lies (2018).
It’s been a few months since former auto mechanic Sawyer signed an agreement with her grandmother Lillian to participate in debutante season in exchange for a college education and the truth about her real father. Sawyer now knows her father’s identity, but revealing the truth could be explosive. She treasures her friendship with her cousin Lily and would like to spend some quality time over the summer with charming bad boy outsider Nick. However, an exclusive White Gloves invite provides a chance to investigate the fate of her mother’s friend Ana Gutierrez since Victoria, who’s running the show, shares Ana’s last name. Ana, along with Sawyer’s mother, was part of a pregnancy pact 20 years ago, but Ana disappeared without a trace. When Sawyer and the initiates stumble upon human bones during a White Gloves initiation, rumors fly. Could the bones be Ana’s? Soon, Sawyer unearths more than bones: Blackmail, lies, and treachery simmer just below the surface of the most placid of Southern smiles, and tantalizing glimpses into the past are woven in with Sawyer’s wry narration. Most characters are assumed white; Victoria is Latinx.
A focus on sisterhood and more than a few whiplash-inducing twists propel this smart and scandalous tale. (Mystery. 14-18)