Release date: Nov. 3
Why Arianna's looking forward to it: Ivy Lin learns early on in life that the only person she can truly trust is herself. Her parents moved from China to the US when she was 2, and she spent the next three years in the care of her offbeat but doting grandmother. When she follows her parents to the US, she barely recognizes them. Luckily, her grandmother is soon able to join them too, and when she arrives, she senses an urgent need to teach Ivy “two qualities necessary for survival: self-reliance and opportunism.” So Ivy learns the skills of deception, which she uses as a child and teen to steal what she can’t afford, and then, when she’s an adult, to slip into the upper-crust world she’s always been obsessed with but never had full access to.
But the flip side of deception is distrust, and when she starts dating Gideon, a local politician’s son and the very embodiment of privilege, she can’t stop second-guessing their relationship — especially when an unwelcome reminder of her past turns up on the first vacation she takes with Gideon’s family. Paranoia simmers under the surface of this book and keeps you guessing — never fully comfortable, but never quite certain about where, exactly, this dread is coming from. It’s captivating, razor sharp, and so, so juicy — I never wanted it to end.