Ms. Hilderbrand paints a picture of idyllic Nantucket life that slowly starts to unravel as the ugly underbelly is revealed. Hidden secrets, a mysterious disappearance, and the pain of betrayal form the basis for this haunting read.

For the past 20 years, three friends have gotten together enact a ritual begun when the women were in their twenties. Prior to every Labor Day they enjoy a late-night ocean swim off the shores of Nantucket. Kayla is a homemaker, Val a high-powered attorney, and Antoinette is a beautiful dancer. But this year, something goes very wrong when Antoinette dances out into the surf and doesn't return.

What began as a night of innocent fun spirals out of control as the house of cards that the three friends built comes tumbling down. Kayla's eldest son, Theo, has been acting strangely lately, and with the disappearance of Antoinette, his demeanor goes from bad to worse.

(Jun., 240 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick