on Nov 13th 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
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Owen Foster has never wanted for anything. Then his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school cradling a bombshell: his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business, the single largest employer in his small Louisiana town, to embezzle millions and drain the employees' retirement accounts, Owen's father vanished without a trace, leaving Owen and his mother to deal with the fallout.
Owen returns to Lake Cane to finish his senior year, where people he can barely remember despise him for his father's crimes. It's bad enough dealing with muttered insults and glares, but when Owen and his mother receive increasingly frightening threats from someone out for revenge, he knows he must get to the bottom of what really happened at Louisiana Frac--and the cryptic note his father sent him at his boarding school days before disappearing.
Owen's only refuge is the sprawling, isolated pecan orchard he works at after school, owned by a man named Gus who has his own secrets--and in some ways seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. As Owen uncovers a terrible injustice that looms over the same Preacher Woods he's claimed as his own, he must face a shocking truth about his own past--and write a better future.
This book surprised me. I was a little bit hesitant to read it. I’ve been going through a suspense/ fantasy kick and I have to admit this one didn’t sound like my cup of tea.
I have never been so wrong in my whole life. This book was fantastic. It even had suspense in it. I couldn’t put it down. From the very first page, I was held captive by the story. I became so invested in these characters that it was sad when the book was over.
I surprised myself by having tears in my eyes at certain parts. Laughing my ass off with the characters. Completely enjoying this book with every page I read.
Owen, Pippa, Gus, Abby, Noah, and Maggie became my friends. Their stories were real, flawed. I do want a side story about Gus and Abby. I need to know more about them even though I know it will crush me.
Thank you Ashley Elston for writing such a beautiful, tragic and suspenseful read. This is definitely one book that I’ll never forget about.