Sucks the reader in. Totally and completely. As a writer, I know how much importance is placed on a book's opening line, but honestly, I've read some clunker first lines of some really good books. But no first line has stuck with me like this one -- because the whole book is pinned to that one, single line.
The premise: The day Cassie's town was drowned, her family was rushing to the hospital to deliver the eight-weeks-early Cassie. Twelve years later, Cassie is drawn to what's beneath the lake, the place where Old Lower Grange now lies. And during this extra-hot summer, the lake level starts dropping, and Cassie and her friend Liam start exploring on the lake's forbidden side. Sometimes they even explore below the water.
What I loved: The mystery! And the unique concept behind it (or below it). :-) The unraveling, compelling story and mystery leaves readers anxiously turning pages. Meg McKinlay grabs readers at the get-go and keeps their noses right inside this book until it ends.
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