Whit Whitman, the Patriarch of the family and previous owner of lakeside cottage has already passed away when this story begins but, his spirit looms large throughout the tale. The delicate balance that existed before his death is slowly unraveling throughout the story. Narrated by Charlotte, his stepdaughter we learn that her mother Joan, Whit's second wife is to be granted access to the house as long as she wants to live in it but, technically it is left to his two sons by a previous marriage.
Trouble begins when one son wants to marry and possibly live in the house with his new wife. Is the new wife the friend to Charlotte she claims to be or is there something more sinister going on? Change is definitely coming to lakeside cottage, the feeling is in the air but no one is sure what the changes will mean to their lives.
The story peels back layer upon layer of emotions and unspoken frustrations within the family and between the siblings. The undercurrents are bubbling up to the surface and once they reach the top it's hard to see how things will ever be the same again. The pace of the story is somehow what makes it so hard to put down. Little by little, things are revealed until everything is simply not as it was before.
Thanks to St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.