by Courtney Sheinmel
Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl, but now she’s lost everything because of the secrets and lies of the people around her. It’s been 12 years since Lorrie’s mother skipped town and left Lorrie in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a neglected, decrepit mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege.
When Charlie, the son of an esteemed senator, takes an interest in Lorrie, her shame for her family and lifestyle runs deep. But what she doesn’t know is that Charlie’s family is hiding something, too, and that their secrets are inextricably tied. Now Lorrie must confront the truth about her family—and everything she ever thought she knew about herself.
Expected Date of Publication: September 8, 2015
Source: Liberty Bay Books
Format: Paperback ARC
This book has it all, the scandal, the drama, the romance, the mystery, the intensity, anything you could possibly want from a story, it was all in Edgewater. I am so glad I found this book in the stacks at Liberty Bay Books, had I not seen it then, I don’t know that I ever would have heard about it to read it.
The plot was extremely well done. I never saw the ending coming, I didn’t guess a single plot twist. It was nicely paced and extremely intense.
The characters strengths were all in their flaws. They were beautifully and mysteriously imperfect, each having a secret role that wasn’t revealed until the last of the pages. It was an amazing mix of different types of people, each with their own unique set of struggles.
The romance was a pretty insta-love-y, but the whole book was set in a fairly short amount of time, and I did feel like it fit the personality of the characters and the situation. In other words, I decided to accept it and just enjoy the moment. Charlie and Lorrie’s relationship wasn’t a sweet sappy mess. Which I liked, but at the same time it occasionally came across as lacking heart and passion. The resolution/ending to their relationship was quite realistic and was actually pretty cute. This isn’t your typical YA romance and it’s one that some will like while others will tear apart, hating every moment of it. It really depends on the person.
Last Words: Filled with mystery, intrigue and struggle, Edgewater is a thrilling story with an ending you’ll never see coming. It is a one of a kind and masterfully spun tale. Sheinmel has crafted an intense and high stakes story about the, at times, seemingly inescapable shadow of the past and it’s impact on the present.
I give it my admiration and 3.5 out of 5 stars.