Thirteen year-old Emily Houchens doesn't have many friends. She finds more comfort playing make-believe in the woods near her house - until she happens upon the body of a young woman. Emily is at once captivated and repulsed by her discovery. But it's her very first secret. Perhaps that's why she chooses not to tell anyone. Instead she returns to check on the body again and again. Yet Emily isn't the only one who knows where the body lies - the killer knows too...
Susanna Mitchell has always been a good girl, the dutiful daughter and wife. While her older sister Ronnie trolled bars for men, Susanna kept a neat house, a respectable job, a young daughter. But when Ronnie goes missing and Susanna realizes that she's the only person who truly cares about her sister's fate, she starts to question her quiet life and its value. Susanna begins to build a picture of Ronnie's life in the days leading up to her disappearance. It's a portrait of a woman on the margins of her community, driven to the company of strangers. Susanna begins to see that her sister started to disappear long before she went missing.
THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME explores how one woman's disappearance exposes the ambitions, prejudices, and anxieties of a small town and its residents. Their stories converge in a violent climax that reveals not just the mystery of what happened to Ronnie, but all of their secret selves.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Holly Goddard Jones is a strikingly gifted young writer . . . she turns a clear but compassionate eye to the nuances of small-town life, its secret undercurrents and betrayals. -- Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Holly Goddard Jones has a voice as expansive, complex, and beautiful as America itself. -- Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came to the End
Uniquely talented. * George Pelecanos, author of The Cut *