Three teenage girls encounter much more than painful memories when they travel to the mountainside site of the plane crash that killed their loved ones.
It’s been two years since a small plane went down near a mountain peak formation called The Grey Sisters. Now, 11th graders D and Spider and their friend Min are heading to the site where D’s twin sister, Kat, and Spider’s younger brother, Jonathan, died. D seeks closure for the loss of her other half, the girl whom Spider loved—but Spider, whose self-destructive streak since the tragedy has caused friction, isn’t convinced they’ll find it. What they do find is a clash with Big Daddy, the leader of a survivalist group. Ariel is one of Big Daddy’s teen “soldiers.” She’s desperate to get fellow soldier Aaron to a doctor after he’s viciously mauled by a bear, and she sees an opportunity after a chance encounter with the girls. Meanwhile, a bloody coup is brewing at Big Daddy’s compound. D’s, Spider’s, and Min’s friendship and grief are painted in realistic strokes, and Ariel’s own heartbreaking narrative reveals an all-too-believable place where women and girls are cogs in a madman’s extremist vision. Treggiari (Blood Will Out, 2018, etc.) offers chills both subtle and shocking, and readers won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough. All characters are assumed white.
Jaw-dropping twists and a distinct Deliverance vibe elevate this riveting thriller. (Thriller. 14-adult)