BOOK REPORT for Stone Cove Island by Suzanne Myers

Cover Story: This is (a) Thriller

BFF Charm: Eventually

Swoonworthy Scale: 5

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Talky Talk: Good Start

Bonus Factor: Secret Societies

Relationship Status: Let’s Be Friends

Stone Cove Island

Cover Story: This is (a) Thriller

Although it features a young woman rather than a man, this cover is awfully Generic Thriller Book. The typeface, in particular, screams “you’d probably find me displayed prominently in an airport bookstore.”

The Deal:

Eliza has lived her whole life on Stone Cove Island, a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Her family has lived there for generations, as most of the citizens’ families have. So when a hurricane tears the community apart, Eliza feels the need to help as much as she can.

She organizes a clean-up day, and gets many of her friends to help tidy the area around the town’s lighthouse. The last thing she expects to find amid the debris and flotsam, however, is a clue to a decades-old mystery—a mystery that no one in the town seems to want to discuss.

BFF Charm: Eventually

Eliza’s an intelligent, kind girl who’s very dedicated to her town, and the community that is, essentially, her extended family. She’s not willing, however, to let sleeping dogs lie when the clue she finds in her clean-up leads to a larger investigation, which I admire. I didn’t entirely admire her investigatory skills, however, as she kept a lot of secrets from people who could have likely helped, and basically does what she wants regardless of the consequences. This part of her personality I have to chalk up to her being an only child* and a teenager.

*As I am one, I can say this.

Swoonworthy Scale: 5

The morning after the hurricane, Eliza meets up with Charlie. The two are acquaintances from school—you have to be when there are less than 50 students in each grade—but Eliza’s never seen eye-to-eye with his views on wanting to escape the island. Plus, he happens to be the son of her mother’s least favorite person on the island. The mystery brings the two together, however, thanks in part to Charlie’s interest in journalism, and acquaintances turns quickly to friends…and maybe more.

Talky Talk: Good Start

Stone Cove Island is a pretty typical thriller, filled with characters who only feature prominently in the story when they have something to add to the investigation. I didn’t find myself getting that connected to anyone, even Eliza. That said, I didn’t figure out the twist until close to the end of the novel, which proves that the main idea of the novel was sound, and that Suzanne Myers knows how to craft a mystery at its core. It’s the secondary plots and worldbuilding that need a bit of help. As a debut novelist, Myers only has room to grow.

Bonus Factor: Secret Societies

There are rumors of a mysterious Black Anchor Society that pop up during Eliza and Charlie’s investigation. This society supposedly gives people who are no longer welcome on the island a small black anchor as a sign of their disappointment. They don’t feature prominently in the story, but the idea is an interesting one.

Casting Call:

Emma Roberts as Eliza

Logan Lerman as Charlie

Relationship Status: Let’s Be Friends

Your story wasn’t exactly original, Book, but I didn’t have an awful time on our date. I think we could be friends that hang out occasionally, but I don’t see us going anywhere beyond that.

Stone Cove Island is available now.

Mandy lives in Austin, TX, where she's an editor/writer for an educational non-profit by day and a pop culture junkie by night. When she's not ensconced in a book forForever Young Adult, Mandy can be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.