The Seaside Library, Brenda Novak
There are secrets that bring friends together, and others that drive them apart…
Mariners Island is barely ten miles long, but when Ivy, Ariana and Cam were teenagers, it was their whole world. Beyond the pristine beaches and iconic lighthouse lies the beautiful old library that belongs to Ivy’s family. While that bound Ivy to the island as an adult, Ariana could not leave Mariners behind fast enough. The town holds too many…memories. Not only her unrequited feelings for Cam, but the tragedy that left a scar on the community.
When a young girl went missing, a teenage Cam was unthinkably the prime suspect. Ariana and Ivy knew he couldn’t have hurt anyone, and they promised to protect him—even if it meant lying on his behalf.
Now, twenty years later, Ariana returns to Mariners just as new evidence emerges on the case, calling into question everything the three friends thought they knew—and everyone they thought they could trust. What really happened that night? Over the course of one eventful summer, Ariana, Ivy and Cam will learn the truth—about their pasts, their futures and the ties that still bind them as closely as the pages of a book…
Many years ago, I was in a reading slump and it was one of Brenda Novak's book that brought me back. I've been a huge fan ever since. I thought the premise of this book was very intriguing and Brenda did a great job with the backstory and mystery. I also liked all three of the main protagonists. I thought each was well drawn, and their relationship was complex and interesting. The mystery resolved well. If I have any complaints at all, I would say there was a too quick resolution for one of the main characters, and a minor subplot that resurfaces in the epilogue that I didn't think added much to the story. All in all, a great beach read, as advertised!
Favorite Quote/Scene: “I'm sorry I held out on you," he said. "But I couldn't tell anyone, even you and Ivy. I was afraid it would make you both wonder if it could've been me."
"Any other frightened sixteen-year-old boy would've done the same thing," she said. "You were in a panic. We all were. But...what do we do now?"
"What can we do except stick to our stories?"