A Novel

Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, Mabel Dagmar is befriended by her roommate, the blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Invited to spend the summer at Bittersweet, a cottage on a Vermont estate, Mabel falls in love with the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Soon she has everything she's ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and the sense that she belongs. When a discovery leads to violence and reveals how the Winslows keep their power intact, Mabel must either expose them and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family's dark secrets and make this world her own. Winning a scholarship to a prestigious college where she befriends a beautiful girl of privilege, unassuming Mabel joins her friend during a lakeside summer surrounded by wealthy vacationers only to discover morally ambiguous truths about her friend's family fortune.

Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0804138567
Characteristics: 385 pages ;,25 cm


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Aug 20, 2014
  • bronteside rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I started off liking this book..some good writing...a promise of good plot.But the characters degenerated into caricatures,almost cartoon-like. The thing about good writing and story telling is to stay within credible boundaries ..swerve if you will occasionally ...but stay on the road...and don't mistake the fields for pavement. Just such a silly a really ,really bad episode of Law and Order.Only that is mercifully,shorter.
There is so much good story-telling out there today, this is not among them.


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