What It’s About: Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest scam of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.
When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.
Andrea Says: This book was so gripping and suspenseful that when the inevitable twist surfaces I still wasn’t sure how it would end. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy plot twists and suspense. Part of the story deals with Jo’s homelessness and it touches on the dangers that the young are subjected to on the streets, however it is dealt with in a subtle, non-exploitative manner. The book begins with Jo, a homeless girl who has just lost her mother to an abusive boyfriend. When Jo discovers the story of Vivienne, the girl who went missing from an affluent neighborhood years ago, she sees her opportunity to change her circumstances and give herself the safety and security she does not have on the streets. Posing as the lost Vivienne, Jo is accepted by the Lovecrafts, the family who received custody of the lost girl after her parent’s death. At first everything goes as planned, but things are not as they seem, and soon Jo finds that her new circumstances may be more dangerous than life on the streets.
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