Lucy Sharpe is larger than life. Magnetic, addictive. Bold and dangerous. Especially for Margot, who meets Lucy at the end of their freshman year at a liberal arts college in South Carolina. Margot is the shy one, the careful one, always the sidekick and never the center of attention. But when Lucy singles her out at the end of the year, a year Margot spent studying and playing it safe, and asks her to room together, something in Margot can’t say no—something daring, or starved, or maybe even envious.

And so Margot finds herself living in an off-campus house with three other girls, Lucy, the ringleader; Sloane, the sarcastic one; and Nicole, the nice one, the three of them opposites but also deeply intertwined. It’s a year that finds Margot finally coming out of the shell she’s been in since the end of high school, when her best friend Eliza died three weeks after graduation. Margot and Lucy have become the closest of friends, but by the middle of their sophomore year, one of the fraternity boys from the house next door has been brutally murdered… and Lucy Sharpe is missing without a trace.

A tantalizing thriller about the nature of friendship and belonging, about loyalty, envy, and betrayal—another gripping novel from an author quickly becoming the gold standard in psychological suspense.

Audiobook Review

3 stars

I’ll be rather brief in my review as this is a crime/mystery and you have to guess what happened but also because I don’t have a lot of positive or interesting things to say about that book.

First , I never thought that I would give only 3 stars to one of Stacy Willingham’s books! This was one of my most awaited books and I am disappointed.

Second, can I say that I am disgusted? At how this is morally wrong? You’ll understand when you’ll reach the end and I won’t elaborate more about it but let’s just say that I love punishment fitting the crime and I didn’t get it.

Third: is that book badly written?

Not at all but I cared way more for the second half!

In the first half or two third of the book, switching between “before” and “after”, we mainly follow a bunch of college girls and guys by association getting drunk or stoned with one of them, the leader of the pack, being all mysterious and manipulative. I found this absolutely toxic and have no particular interest for people partying all the time.

I found these people kind of shallow.

The second half or rather last third is much more interesting! If the beginning was like a slow burn, things are accelerating and you realize everyone has secrets, everyone has an agenda and nearly everyone is capable of everything, except maybe the one person you’d expect the worst of!

So in that I would say that I found “my” Stacy Willingham again!

Too bad it happened too late for me to really praise that story.

Yet I will still read her future books without a doubt.

Thanks for reading.


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  1. I find a three-star read from one of my favorite authors more disappointing than a 2-star or 1-star from an author I don’t know, just because I know how good that author’s stuff can be! Sorry for the disappointment.

  2. Its always the worst when there is a disappointing installment from an author you really enjoy. I have seen others view this book like you have so hopefully the next book this author brings out will deliver for you in a better way.