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The end of everything : a novel
Megan Abbott
Adult Fiction ABBOTT

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Fans of Tana French and Kate Atkinson will welcome Abbott's haunting psychological thriller set in what appears to be pre-cellphone suburban America. Lizzie Hood and Evie Verver are two 13-year-old girls who have been best friends for years. A few weeks before their eighth-grade graduation, Evie disappears after school. As the last person to see Evie, Lizzie suddenly becomes the star witness, attention she both covets and dreads. When Lizzie remembers seeing a maroon car cruising in front of their school, the police focus on Harold Shaw, an insurance agent whose car matches her description. Yet Shaw is nowhere to be found, and neither is Evie. As the investigation reaches a fever pitch and Lizzie pursues her own leads, she wonders how well she really knew her friend. Evie's boisterous, joke-cracking father lends emotional support. Abbott (Bury Me Deep) expertly captures the nuances of lost innocence and childhood friendships, without ever losing an undercurrent of menace. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood is the last person to see her best friend, Evie, before she disappears. They've been inseparable for years, and Lizzie knows everything about her-or does she? Lizzie knows enough to pursue clues the police dismiss, but in all her reflections there are flashes of darker moments and unsettling questions. Her narration is full of quick glimpses of another story, just there on the edges, that create layers of suspense. Has Evie been abducted, or has her fierce older sister driven her to run away? Just how safe and perfect is the family next door? VERDICT Edgar Award winner Abbott (Queenpin) offers a fascinating twist on the coming-of-age story, blending a tale of young women just discovering their sexuality with suspense and plenty of plot twists. [See Prepub Alert, 1/17/11.]-Jan Blodgett, Davidson Coll., NC (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Lizzie Hood
Age: 13
Friends with Evie; sister goes missing; tries to find her.

Evie Verver
Neighbor of Lizzie; tries to help Lizzie.

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