Author: Courtney Sheinmel
Publisher: Amulet/ Abrams
Pub. date: September 8th, 2015
Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl, but now she’s lost everything because of the secrets and lies of the people around her. It’s been 12 years since Lorrie’s mother skipped town and left Lorrie in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a neglected, decrepit mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege.
When Charlie, the son of an esteemed senator, takes an interest in Lorrie, her shame for her family and lifestyle runs deep. But what she doesn’t know is that Charlie’s family is hiding something, too, and that their secrets are inextricably tied. Now Lorrie must confront the truth about her family–and everything she ever thought she knew about herself.
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Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Edgewater is a shocking read about mistakes, family, and the consequences of keeping secrets that will keep you flipping pages until you reach the thrilling conclusion. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and although I did have a few issues, Edgewater is overall an excellent novel!
Lorrie Hollander lives in Idlewild, a picturesque town full of millionaires whose only problem is the ruined mansion that Lorrie herself lives in with her mentally unstable Aunt Gigi and younger sister Susannah. When she is sent home from her posh summer horse camp early because her aunt has not paid for tuition yet, Lorrie learns the truth about her family’s finances and their hidden past.
“”Lorrie H.” I hadn’t put my full name on it [the nameplate] because I didn’t want to burden Orion with what it meant to be a Hollander in this town.” – Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel
I’m a sucker for books about family secrets, so I knew that I had to get my hands in Edgewater. I wasn’t disappointed! Edgewater is a thrilling read that kept me on the edge of my seat. The pacing is very quick most of the time, although the pacing slowed a little during the middle, I never found there to be a dull moment. The author’s writing is beautiful, and absolutely perfect for this story. It’s lyrical, enchanting, and very compelling,
The protagonist, Lorrie, has a lot going on between taking care of her aunt and sister, trying to figure out what has happened to her family’s trust fund, and living her own life. Her life is complicated, to say the least. I really liked Lorrie. She’s dependable and smart and although she occasionally came off as rude, I did like reading about her.
All of the characters in Edgewater felt very realistic and well-developed, from peculiar Aunt Gigi to clueless Savannah to thoughtful Charlie, and beyond. Their stories become increasingly intertwined as the novel progresses. I had mixed reactions to the characters. While I liked Lorrie, I didn’t like her family at all. Aunt Gigi and Susannah were so careless and frustrating, and Susannah’s boyfriend was just annoying. On the other hand, I adored Lorrie’s friendship with her best friend Lennox.
Lorrie falls for Charlie, the senator’s son. Their romance was so cute. It progressed a little too quickly to be realistic, but I enjoyed reading about their relationship enough to overlook that. Lorrie and Charlie were so sweet together, and their banter was adorable.
Despite a few issues, I still think that Edgewater was a great book. It is a suspenseful, entertaining read with interesting characters and a fasscinating mystery that is well worth picking up. 3.5/5 stars!