East Coast Girls

Mira: Harlequin. May 2020. 336p. ISBN 9780778309499. pap. $16.99. F
Hannah, Blue, Renee, and Maya were the best of friends during their turbulent youth and created a family unit with one another. Their happiest memories were of their bucolic summers spent in Montauk, NY, going to the beach, chasing boys, and dreaming of a bright future. Then the unthinkable happens and one terrifying night alters everything. The four friends have never been able to mend the destruction that was wreaked on themselves or their friendship. Twelve years later, faced with the realization that their idyllic summer cottage is about to be sold, they come together for one last chance at reunification. Their shared trauma is hard to lay to rest, and the tragedy that befell them more than a decade ago still holds them hostage in distinct ways.
VERDICT Kletter’s (The First Time She Drowned) storytelling skill is evidenced in her superb pacing as she reveals what happened that fateful night. Told by alternating narrators and weaving between past and present, this is tailor-made for book clubs, and for those looking for character-driven plots with a female ensemble. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]

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