Skillfully stringing together a multitude of subplots, Baker gives readers a subtly disturbing and emotional reading experience.

Biologist Libby Delacourte returns home to Maryland after 17 years to see her ailing mother. She's accompanied by her rebellious daughter, Chloe. Libby isn't the only one back in town—her former love, Russ Hennessey, has taken over his family's fishing business after his brother's death.

In a summer that Libby will never forget, she'll try to overcome Chloe's resistance to staying in Maryland, rebuild her relationship with her parents, deal with her still-strong feelings for Russ and work with him to find out what is poisoning the land and the water in town.

(Jun., 400 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer