Miranda certainly can craft a pretty sentence and the central character, Nic, at first appears interesting and sympathetic. It seems ten years ago she fled her raunchy small town in North Carolina where everyone knows too much about everyone else, has gone to graduate school, found a job in Philadelphia, and a satisfying new life. She has a met a successful lawyer named Everett, to whom she is now engaged.
Nic’s charmed life is interrupted by a call from her brother, telling her that their dementia- suffering father has taken a turn for the worse and they must sell his house since the family is also out of money. So Nic returns to North Carolina to get the house in shape to sell, wondering as she goes, what her father meant in a cryptic letter he sent to her weeks earlier concerning Nic’s best friend in high school, who went missing around the time Nic left town.