Cadence Sinclair Eastman is part of the privileged Sinclair family. Her family owns an island off Martha’s Vineyard, where they summer every year. The Sinclairs seem to be a rich, beautiful family. However,there is more going on then meets the eye. Early on Cadence has an accident, that she doesn’t remember, and no one will tell here what happened. The rest of the novel pretty much centers around this.
I read this book in one sitting. It was somewhat short and definitely a page turner. At the beginning I was really into the storyline. I loved the idea of a family with it’s own beautiful island. I loved how the cousins were friends. I loved how the introduction of Gat onto the island complicated thinks. However, about the middle of the book, I started to roll my eyes at all the teenage angst. I began to think this was another of those books about teenage crushes and nothing else. Soon the atmosphere of the story began to change and I literally could not put this book down.
The ending shocked me and made think deeply about what had happened. In my mind, it is almost a parable. I keep thinking about the story over and over. How things aren’t alway as they seem. How a seemingly ‘perfect family’ isn’t alway perfect. How one decision can change everything.
I feel that I can’t say too much without this being a spoiler. I’ll just say what other reviews have said. Go into this book blindly, you will get so much more out of it that way.
I am giving it four and a half stars, only because it was really kind of blah in the middle for me. I am sure that teenagers won’t see it that way though.