You could see everything now, if you wanted.
As I’ve said before, Megan Abbott has a special new way of horrifying readers – by reminding them what it’s like to be teenagers again. With her last two novels, Abbott explored the labyrinth of the teenage mind and rediscovered both the darkness and exuberance that lies beneath. When you boil it down, this polarity of light and dark is essentially what made your teen years unbearable – caught between responsibility and desire, shame and pride, and bound within a great big hormonal net. Teenagers constantly feel both vulnerable and invincible, and this wellspring of emotion is the perfect setting for a mystery. Teens are mysterious and baffling enough anyway, but add a little jealousy, sex, and parental involvement to the mix, and you will have yourself a potent recipe for disaster.