People Like Us meets Paper Towns.
Ava Lance lives for vacations in Camden Seas with her best friend, Morgan. Only this summer, Morgan disappears, leaving a twisted scavenger hunt in her wake. As the clues reveal betrayals by everyone Ava loves, they also implicate her in Morgan’s disappearance. Playing the game could save Morgan, but it will definitely end Ava’s life as she knows it.
I swear on everything holy, from my mother’s Edith Head autographed napkin to my custom Bernina sewing machine, if this is my last Camden Seas summer, Heath and I are playing for keeps. Tonight. Right after Morgan explains what’s so big I had to meet her at the Groves fifteen minutes before I’m supposed to rock Heath’s world.
No surprise, Morgan’s late.
I pace from the office trailers to our original open-air grapefruit stand, my soggy t-shirt plastered against my back. Each step kicks up tiny dirt clouds that settle along my sandaled toes. Great. Earth and sweat, so not sexy.
Come on Morgan. I dial her cell. No answer.
More steps, and I gulp a shot of courage that’s supposed to be saved for later—lemonade Snapple and vodka—and salute my mom’s darkened trailer. Here’s to another milestone Caroline Lance will miss out on. Not that I’d tell her about Heath and me, but it’d be nice to know she was in the same country if I needed her.
The only thing keeping my heart rate under triple digits is my favorite fragrance, pink grapefruit. Nothing smells as good. Nothing. Unfortunately, the scent also reminds me of Vivi. If my sister finds out what I have planned tonight, she’ll go all pretend-parental and lock me in my room for life.
My alibi needs to get her ass in gear.
Morgan, where are you?