Call Me Evie

Putnam. Mar. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780525538141. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525538158. SUSPENSE
OrangeReviewStar[DEBUT] Seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet finds herself in a remote cabin in New Zealand with a man named Jim. Kate's memory is foggy, and she struggles to remember what has happened and how she ended up there. Jim says that he is protecting her and trying to help her remember that awful night—the reason they are in hiding. He tells her she should tell the locals to call her Evie and that Jim is her uncle. He adds that she did something really bad back in Melbourne, but is Jim telling the truth and protecting her, or is it all a lie? The story alternates between chapters of before and after Kate is at the cabin. Pomare skillfully leads readers along, slowly revealing parts of the puzzling mystery. The "before" sections present different ideas as to what may be happening. Absorbing, engrossing, and intriguing are just a few descriptors for this book. Pomare keeps readers on the edge of their seats right up to the surprising conclusion.
VERDICT With a story line that hooks readers immediately and twists and turns galore, this impressive debut is highly recommended for fans of Gillian Flynn and those who enjoy well-written psychological suspense tales. [See Prepub Alert, 9/17/18.]
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