Mitchard's latest is a captivating look at the tenuous bonds of a friendship that lasts more than two decades. Scintillating and deftly revealing, this novel reveals their dark secrets when the women find themselves adrift at sea, their very lives in peril.

Olivia, Holly, Tracy and Janis have been friends since high school. More than 20 years later, Olivia is the widow of a wealthy Italian and pays for them all to embark on a luxury sailboat cruise around the Caribbean. When Janis' husband becomes ill, Tracy's beautiful college-age daughter Cammie takes her place. None of the women could have predicted the drastic change in their circumstances when a squall hits the boat, and the two members of the crew go missing. And when their would-be rescuers turn out to be anything but, the women must fight for their very survival. Will they be rescued before they all perish at sea? (Warner, Aug., 307 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick