By Tricia Rayburn
Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is fearful of everything--the darkish, heights, the ocean--but her fearless older sister, Justine, has constantly been there to educate her via each challenge. that's until eventually Justine is going cliff diving one evening close to the family's holiday condo in iciness Harbor, Maine, and her dead physique washes up on shore day after today. Vanessa's mom and dad are looking to paintings during the tragedy by means of returning to their daily lives again in Boston, yet Vanessa can not help feeling that her sister's dying was once greater than an accident. After getting to know that Justine by no means utilized to high schools, and that she was once secretly in a dating with longtime relations good friend Caleb Carmichael, Vanessa returns to wintry weather Harbor to hunt a few answers.But while Vanessa learns that Caleb has been lacking because Justine's demise, she and Caleb's older brother, Simon, sign up for forces to attempt to discover him, and within the method, their adolescence friendship blossoms into anything more. quickly it is not simply Vanessa who's afraid. All of iciness Harbor is abuzz with anxiousness whilst one other physique washes ashore, and panic units in while the small city turns into domestic to a string of deadly, water-related injuries . . . within which all of the sufferers are chanced on grinning from ear to ear. As Vanessa and Simon probe additional into the connections among Justine's loss of life and the unexpected rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a mystery that threatens her new romance, and that would swap her lifestyles endlessly.
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I stared at the headline, its seriousness emphasized by the large, black font. Directly underneath was Justine's senior portrait. Despite the reason for her picture being on the front page, I was still struck by her beauty. Her dark hair fell in loose waves past her shoulders, her eyes were bright, and her smile was warm and friendly. I thought of my own senior portrait, which I was supposed to have taken at the end of the summer. It would never be as striking as Justine's, since everything about my appearance fell somewhere in the middle: my long hair wasn't quite blonde or brown; my eyes weren't quite blue or green; my skin could look creamy or pasty, depending on the light.
Not knowing what to say was one thing. Hanging around for another shot was a bit much. " he said. I held up my mug. "Vox clamantis in deserto . Dartmouth's slogan. " Mom took me by the elbow and led me across the kitchen. "Sweetie, I know this is difficult, but we have guests. " "I'm sorry," I said when we stopped at a counter lined with trays of pastries. "I just don't know what to say. " she asked, poking at a scone. " 23 I took the scone, not sure what to say. Mom had cried for five days straight--from the moment the police officers had knocked on the lake-house door to the moment we'd pulled up to our brownstone--and had been in dry-eyed, party-planning mode ever since.
As I put the Volvo in drive and slowly pulled away from my parents, depriving them of the second of their two daughters in less than two weeks, there was only one thing I did know. And that was that if ever there was a time to grow a thick skin, this was it. Six hours and four phone calls home later, I sat in the Volvo, staring at the lake house. By this time each summer, the house was filled with life and noise. Now, it looked strangely abandoned. The front door was closed, as were the windows, their curtains pulled and shades drawn.
Siren by Tricia Rayburn