Once upon a time there were two little girls who were as different as could be: one was brashly pretty and outspoken, the other quiet and watchful. In fact, the only thing they had in common was the man who took them. Despite the odd summer that binds them, as adults they are still vastly different: Carly May is a semi-successful actress and Lois is an pseudonymous author and professor. This book shimmers with anxiety, going back and forth between the women's present and their twelfth summer. I was drawn to the story of these girls who were technically unharmed, but not unchanged and I was sucked in by Mitchell's skilled writing. This is a strange, menacing piece of work and I couldn't put it down! --Lauren P.