How little we know about our neighbors and how easy it is to label them is the at the center of this novel. When Saffyre disappears, the most likely suspect is the weird guy who lives on the street where the action takes place. 17-year old Saffyre, who is the first-person narrator, is a loner. Her parents have died. She lives with her uncle, who has two jobs to make ends meet. She’s been in counseling with another character in the book, Roan, because of self-harming, but the sessions although helping didn’t get to the origin of her pain. There’s a lot of twists and turns as the story progresses. It’s a character driven mystery, involving the family of the counselor, Owen the weirdo across the street and a mystery person who has been attacking women. As the story moves from Saffyre’s first person point of view to Cate, the wife of Roan and mother of two teens to Owen’s point of view, much is revealed as the reader is presented with the clues needed, along with misdirection. I found the ending very satisfying, with vindication for the people who deserve it.

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