This is a very good mystery/thriller that will keep you riveted until the end. The whole story takes place in less than 24 hours, and the tension is palpable. The story is told in short chapters through four main characters’ point of view. There are plenty of unreliable narrators whose lies pile up one after another, and the author slowly dolls out twists and turns with each chapter. The ending was both satisfying and frustrating in that it leaves the ultimate conclusion to the reader’s imagination.
Chloe Cates is the popular 13 year old virtual star of a blog entitled “CC and Me”. Chloe is the “CC” and her mother Jennifer is the “me”. Chloe’s ruthless mother is the driving force behind the popular series, constantly pushing the teenager for more. Not only does the series garner money through sponsorships that supports the family’s lifestyle, the series and the fabricated life it portrays is Jennifer’s entire identity. When Jennifer discovers Chloe missing, she calls the police and the media, turning the disappearance into a spectacle. To make it worse, investigating detective Emilina Stone is assigned to the case. Jennifer and Emilina have a complicated past that could come back to hurt both women if they aren’t careful.
As the investigation intensifies, the families secrets start spilling out, causing a media frenzy. Suddenly Jennifer sees her carefully curated life splintering apart, and a desperate Jennifer will do anything to try to clutch it back. Jennifer’s husband, Jackson, sees the damage that Jennifer’s ambitions cause their family, but feels helpless to stop it. He’s got secrets of his own, and as the hours pass, his entire life will be laid bare.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend you read it. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Scarlet. All opinions are my own.