A fast and furious look at memory, trauma and the terror of navigating both, as we meet a survivor of a terrible crime, nine years later, and share in her frantic quest to resolve her part in a past she cannot reconstruct.
Charlie Colbert, now a successful NY editor-in-chief, is thirty-two year old and our first-person narrative voice. As she flips between telling us the story of her ‘now’ life, and the fragments of her ‘then’ world that may be slowly coalescing, it’s very clear her fractured mind makes her an unreliable narrator. Exactly what the events are, those the then graduate school freshman and her friends experienced, on the fateful day dubbed “Scarlett Christmas”, will take some time to unravel, leading the reader on a panic-stricken ride that will not let up through several twists until the final ending.
I enjoyed this book and found the author’s delight in drawing out the ultimate conclusions, along with the tricky ending itself, both devious and satisfying. All told, this entertaining read is a solid psychological page-turner, and one that is extremely hard to put down.
A great big thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC of this book. All thoughts provided are my own.