The Stepford Wives meets Stephen King in this debut mystery, a sleepy New England beach town is wrecked by a hurricane that reveals an unthinkable secret kept for more than 25 years.
When a catastrophic hurricane devastates Stone Cove Island, a quaint New England resort community, everyone pulls together to rebuild. Seventeen-year-old Eliza Elliot volunteers to clean out the island’s iconic lighthouse and stumbles upon a secret in the wreckage: a handwritten, anonymous confession to a 25-year-old crime.
Bess Linsky’s unsolved murder has long haunted the island, and the letter turns the town inside out. Everyone who knew Bess is suddenly a suspect. Soon Eliza finds herself in the throes of an investigation she never wanted or asked for. As Stone Cove Island fights to recover from disaster, Eliza plunges the locals back into a nightmare they believed was long buried.
A Winter 2014/2015 Kids' Indie Next Pick
"An atmospheric thriller where nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a twisted secret to hide, Stone Cove Island keeps you guessing from page one. It might also make you think twice about what goes on behind closed doors in that quaint little vacation town you love so much."
—Kate Brian, New York Times bestselling author of the Private series
"A classic suspense tale, a Hitchcock movie for teens. I read it in one hungry gulp."
—Natalie Standiford, bestselling author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot and The Boy on the Bridge
"Don’t just tell me a mystery; give me a world. Suzanne Myers delivers a hurricane-ravaged island shimmering with atmosphere and dense with secrets. This tight, terrific tale had me turning pages all night long."
—Judy Blundell, bestselling National Book Award Winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied
"The tension between Eliza’s need to [solive the murder] and the possibility that her discoveries could hurt those she loves is mined to brilliant effect, rendering each suspect villainous andsympathetic by turns. [Has] a final, stunning twist... Taut and atmospheric."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Myers’s debut has an interesting plot, is written in a language appropriate for its intended audience, and has an important theme, change, at its center."
—School Library Journal
"This is a stunning debut mystery that will attract young adult and adult readers alike.”
—Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books & Hobbies, Oscoda, MI