The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner
This book releases August 28th 2018.
Vera Rivers’ life is split in two: before her twin sister Ava disappeared twelve years ago and after.
Before was hot Junes and ice cream trucks, dancing in sprinklers, loud Christmas mornings and pancakes on Saturdays. The after is everything else: police officers, investigators, tips, theories, leads, but never any answers. The case made headlines, shocked Vera’s Northern California community, and turned her family into tragic celebrities.
Now, at eighteen, Vera is counting down the days until she starts her new life at college in Portland, Oregon, far away from the dark cloud she and her family have lived under for twelve years. But all that changes when a girl shows up at the local hospital.
Her name is Ava Rivers and she wants to go home.
Ava’s return begins to mend the fractures in the Rivers family. Vera and Ava’s estranged older brother returns. Vera reconnects with Max, the sweet, artistic boy from her childhood. Their parents smile again. But the questions remain: Where was Ava all these years? And who is she now?
Powerful and gripping, The Second Life of Ava Rivers is equal parts thriller, mystery, and haunting meditation on grief, family, and forgiveness.
This was a captivating story that haunted me long after I finished. I didn’t want to put it down! There are so many twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat! I loved the writing, it pulled me in and captivated me. I had to know what was going to happen next. The characters are so well written. I loved that all the characters were so well developed and each had their own distinct personality. I don’t want to say too much but the ending will have you going whoa! I couldn’t recommend this book enough!
About the Author
Faith Gardner is the author of the young adult novel Perdita. Her short fiction has been published in places like ZYZZYVA, PANK and McSweeney’s online. She lives in the Bay Area.