The summer after a wealthy young summer guest dies under suspicious circumstances, her best friend lives under a cloud of grief and suspicion.
Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors.
Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl—but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother, Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name, before the facts get twisted against her.
Sadie’s death a year ago was considered a suicide, but Avery suspected there was more to it. She finds Sadie’s phone, then finds a flash drive Sadie had hidden. It contained evidence that Avery’s grandmother had been paid off for the death of Avery’s parents. Parker had hit them while drunk driving and his rich family paid off the grandmother and the cop to cover it up. The cop killed Sadie because she got too close to finding out the truth and outing him. Avery bought up all the family’s properties to save the local businesses.
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