Well, this was almost a 3 star book but it got better towards the end so 4 stars. Lizzie Lovett is the All-American, popular cheerleader type in a small town in Ohio who graduated from high school and ended up as a waitress at local diner until she went missing while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn, who had a brief encounter with Lizzie years before and admired how happy and perfect Lizzie seemed to be, has this crazy theory that Lizzie turned into a werewolf. She starts trying to find out more about Lizzie and ends up working at the same diner as Lizzie and befriending Lizzie’s boyfriend. As days turn into months and the police investigation turns into a cold case, Hawthron is no closer to understanding who Lizzie really is since she seemed to be a different person to everyone she met. How could the perfect girl go missing? This mystery kept me reading this book especially in the first half of the book since the main character, Hawthorn, seemed very immature and over-imaginative (yes, she seemed to really believe Lizzie turned into a werewolf and no, this is not a fanasty/paranormal book) and it seemed like the typical “high school was horrible because I was different” book. The deeper conversations and maturing of Hawthron in the second half of the book made this book worth reading to me. I would encourage people to give this book a try and I think you will be glad you did in the end.
I was received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.