Violet White lives with her twin brother, Luke, in an ancient mansion by the sea. They live a quiet life, trying to stretch the last of the money their parents left them before they went to Europe. As Violet’s and Luke’s meager funds run dry, Violet decides to advertise their guest house for rent. River West answers the advertisement. He is unlike anyone Violet has ever met before; they instantly connect. Although Violet is happier than she has ever been, she cannot ignore the strange, dangerous tragedies that have been occurring since River arrived. Shutting her eyes to her surroundings becomes more difficult as time passes and as Violet digs deeper into her family’s history and learns about the beautiful boy living in her guesthouse.
Violet is a unique character that I loved reading about. She acknowledges her weaknesses and plays to her strengths, trying to care for her family and friends in the midst of the horrible events taking place in her town. To always try to do the right thing and protect her family is difficult for her; she has lacked a proper role model since the death of her Grandma Freddie.
Teen girls will love this novel. Violet has flaws that are relatable and a restlessness that everyone has felt at some point.
*Reviewed by Kristin*
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