IN SEARCH OF THE ROSE NOTES
Arsenault returns with a gripping and captivating psychological mystery about lost friendships and buried secrets. This clever narrative bounces between the nostalgic past of the early 1990s and present day, drawing the audience into a well thought-out, complex mystery with an astounding conclusion.
Bonding over their shared love for paranormal studies, 11-year- olds Nora and Charlotte spend their afternoons discussing the supernatural under the supervision of their free-spirited babysitter, 16-year-old Rose. When Rose disappears on her way home from watching the girls and Nora is the last person to see her, the two young girls take it upon themselves to investigate her disappearance using séances and magic spells gleaned from their books, to no avail. Years later, Nora and Charlotte learn that Rose’s remains have been found, drawing Nora back to her hometown in search of answers. When Nora starts viewing the situation from the perspective of an adult, long-forgotten memories resurface. (MORROW, Aug., 384 pp., $14.99)