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Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff.
A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.
Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason.
Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.
‘Z’ is all it read.
Z for Zac.
When we’re first introduced to the two lead characters, Megan and Chloe, we learn that they’re 20 and 16 years old. At first I was fearful that this would read like a YA (which is totally fine, it’s just not my genre of choice) but the author did a great job of maintaining a mature story even though it was told in the first person.
The author also did an excellent job of portraying Megan’s disorder. Keeping away from detailed spoilers here. It was clearly very researched (which is mentioned in the author’s note) and believable. I felt for this character even though she was intentionally off-putting and harsh.
This is a suspenseful, twisty turny read full of unreliable characters and it will keep you hanging till the end!
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.