Dark and Shallow Lies

Penguin/Razorbill. Aug. 2021. 432p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593403969.
Gr 9 Up–A debut novel that will draw readers into a darkly atmospheric mystery set in the bayous of Louisiana. Seventeen-year-old Grey spends every summer in La Cachette, Psychic Capital of the World, where everyone has a gift ranging from prophetic insight to bilocation. With her chestnut hair and green eyes, Grey doesn’t match her longtime companions in La Cachette—the Summer Children who were born in the same six-month stretch—and yet all of them are like her siblings. Grey usually relishes her time on the bayou but this summer is different because Elora, her twin flame born on the same day and hour, has gone missing under menacing circumstances. Now La Cachette is torn apart by old and new rifts, and nobody is safe from the coming storm. Sain’s supernatural thriller is deeply absorbing with its swampy atmosphere and vivid characters that surface one by one to engage teens deeper into Grey’s mystery. The eccentric psychics and looming atmosphere of La Cachette lend this book a creepy edge that readers of supernatural mysteries will no doubt appreciate.
VERDICT Recommended for readers of paranormal mystery—especially those who are drawn to atmospheric settings and well-developed characters.

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