Toby Wong visits her quiet hometown in British Columbia, where nothing ever happens–until her old high school rival is found murdered. Shortly after returning to her sleepy hometown on Vancouver Island, Chinese-Canadian divorce lawyer Toby Wong runs into Josh Barton, who broke her heart as a teen at summer camp. Now a wealthy entrepreneur, Josh wants to divorce Tonya, the mean girl who made Toby’s life hell all those years ago. Not long after Toby takes Josh’s case, Tonya is found murdered. Josh is the prime suspect. Together with her fortune-teller mom and her pregnant best friend, Toby sets out to clear Josh, whom she still has a guilty crush on. While he seems equally smitten, can Toby trust him? The handsome cop charged with finding Tonya’s killer doesn’t think so. Since Tonya stayed in touch with everyone from that lousy summer camp, Toby keeps running into ex-campers she’d rather forget. Could one of Tonya’s catty friends be her killer? Are Toby’s old insecurities making her paranoid? Only too late does she realize that she really is in danger.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review! I’ve given it 4 out of 5 stars!
The story was easy to follow despite it dipping between flash backs and the present. I did not get confused, it was very clear to tell where we were, which some authors don’t manage to achieve.
Overall, the writing style fitted very well with what I typically like to read! I finished it in only a couple of sittings, I felt an attachment to the characters and was invested in what happened throughout! Felt myself muttering under my breaths and points when I disagreed with what they were doing! (My equivalent at shouting at the tv/film when someone does something I don’t approve of 🙈)
The element of mystery that follows through the whole book was intriguing, although I wasn’t as gripped as some other books have had me, I still felt I needed to know what happened.
I’m not sure I’m entirely happy with who the killer turned out to be and the way the story was finished up in the end! But I can’t always have it my way can I? Hoping there will be a second book soon…
Ultimately, this book was more than a murder mystery with lots of parallels themes throughout. An enjoyable read which I would recommend!