When her parents get divorced, Lily and her mother move in with Lily’s dominating grandmother, whom Lily has been afraid of since she was little. Alone in a new town without any friends, Lily begins to have the same dream she’s had since she was a little girl -- but hasn’t had for years. The dream where she is running through a field frantically searching for something, when she stumbles across a boy lying dead in the tall grass and a wave of despair and agony washes over her as she falls to the ground. Only now, instead of waking up, the dream continues and she feels an arm snake around her, right before she is stabbed in the heart. She wakes, gasping, to find her chest hurting exactly where the knife pierced her in the dream. This happens Every. Single. Night.
On her first day at her new school after another sleepless night, Lily meets Cole Drapeau, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the boy in her dream. As the two become friends, Lily learns about the murder that tore apart the town 30 years ago, when Amber Greeley snapped and killed her boyfriend Ben (Cole’s uncle), before committing suicide by stabbing herself -- at least according to the police. Lily feels a strange connection with Amber, and a sense of déjà vu that she can’t explain. When Lily and Cole decide to delve into the mystery and see if they can find out what really happened, they uncover way more than they bargained for.
Lizzie's rave: Perhaps what I enjoyed most about this novel was how author Laurie keeps the reader guessing right until the end, when we discover what really happened in a huge plot twist. I also really enjoyed the alternating viewpoints between Amber and Lily, which guide the reader through the events of both the present and past very nicely and highlights the similarities between Amber and Lily. I did find the relationships (Amber/Ben and Lily/Cole) to be a little over-dramatic and unrealistic at times. Fortunately, this didn’t interfere too much with the well-told story. - Reviewed by Elizabeth Ferguson
Rating: 4 / 5 starsAge in store: 14+