Published by NAL on August 2nd 2016
Source: Edelweiss eArc
Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.
Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…
But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…
~ It’s summer (or it was when I started this review), so I am all about escaping the heat (and ya’ll it is hot here in Virginia) (now it’s cold) with a cool thriller. Plus, I need to read more new and upcoming books for my bookstore job, and I went overboard on the YA requests, so I’m trying to squeeze in a few Adult titles too!
~ The story opens the present, where pregnant 33 year old Edie comes face to face with a friend from her teens, Heather. Something bad happened between them and a boy, but it’s only hinted at. Edie is shaken to the core by Heather’s visit.
~ Then we flip to the past, where Heather first spots Edie in the hallways of their high school. Heather is instantly struck by Edie’s beauty, and quickly becomes consumed with the idea of being friends with someone like Edie.
~ Again, more hints at something horrible in the past- this time Heather’s childhood and the sister she no longer has, her violence, and her unpleasant home life.
~ I don’t quote from ARCs, but let me paraphrase something Heather comments on. She’s having tea with her parents and thinking back to the vacations to the lake they used to take. On hot summer days, Heather would go out in the water, occasionally hitting pockets of ice cold water… she compares that feeling of never knowing where the icy cold water waits to dealing with her mother. It just struck me so much because don’t we all know people like that? People who can turn on a dime, go from warm to chilly in seconds, and you can’t see it coming.
~ The ending was a little too abrupt and some things were left feeling unfinished. But I’m definitely interested in what the author has coming next.
Watching Edie gets a Midnight Book rating of:
*Part of my a Book A Day Challenge