Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl, but now she’s lost everything because of the secrets and lies of the people around her. It’s been 12 years since Lorrie’s mother skipped town and left Lorrie in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a neglected, decrepit mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege.When Charlie, the son of an esteemed senator, takes an interest in Lorrie, her shame for her family and lifestyle runs deep. But what she doesn’t know is that Charlie’s family is hiding something, too, and that their secrets are inextricably tied. Now Lorrie must confront the truth about her family—and everything she ever thought she knew about herself.
I really enjoyed this book. It was sort of a mix between realistic fiction and mystery and in my opinion it was very unique. Full of secrets, I needed to know answers and couldn't read fast enough!
The plot moved sort of slow at a few points, but once I got past them I couldn't put it down. Overall it was fast-paced though and I loved how descriptive the writing style was. I will definitely be reading more by this author!
At first I really didn't trust Charlie, I didn't really know if he truly liked Lorrie or if he was just playing her but over time he became my favorite character. I loved how he wasn't the rich, snobby politician's son that he seemed to be on the outside, and he actually had problems much like Lorrie's. I think that they were very alike, and I really liked them together as a couple. The romance didn't take over the whole plot and it helped me pay attention and remember all the things that Lorrie was trying to find out concerning her mom who left years before. It seemed like the perfect amount of romance for this specific book.
Aunt Gigi really started to annoy me, what with her not being a good guardian and not telling Lorrie what really happened to her mom. This is a story where all the characters made at least one mistake, but I feel that it was the author's intention to show that no one in the world is really who they seem to be and you should forgive and forget.
I really liked how Lorrie's passion was horses. It showed that she was actually very 3D and made her seem like a real person to me. Sometimes I just can't connect with characters in books if they don't have any personality, but luckily that wasn't the case with this book.
I would really recommend this to almost anyone. It has something in it for almost everyone and I can assure you that it is an edge-of-your-seat story that will keep you interested throughout the whole book.
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.***
Thanks for reading!