A woman vanishes on a solo hike in California's Desolation Wilderness in this New York Times bestseller, leaving behind a family reeling from the loss of this charismatic, enigmatic wife and mother, who, they come to learn, was very good at keeping secrets. A tantalizing and twisty (Megan Abbott) novel of suspense, from the author of the national bestseller All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.
Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.
It's been a year since Billie Flanagan-a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life-went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found; just a shattered cell phone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie's death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girl's school she attends.
But then Olive starts having strange visions-or are they hallucinations?-of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive's emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie's past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan? Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth-about Billie, their family, and what they know to be true about each other, beyond the everyday deceptions and the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Brown's insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy, propulsive storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Story Locale: Berkeley, CA
Publication History: Spiegel & Grau HC (7/11)
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau, May 2018
Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.1 W × 0.8 H
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