Evie was there ...
and then Evie was gone.
praise for THE END OF EVERYTHING:
“This is a gripping and disturbing
novel, a fever dream of adolescent desire and adult complicity.
Megan Abbott writes with total authority and an almost desperate
intensity; her story grabs hold of you and won’t let go.”
—Tom Perrotta, Little Children and Election
“Megan Abbott captures the essence of
being thirteen—all its magic, its intensity and confusion, its
headlong power and its terrible vulnerability—and wraps it in a
taut, unflinching and very hard to put down.”
—Tana French, In the Woods and The Likeness
“Megan Abbott is always a surprising
writer, one with a liking for the raw and ambivalent side of
life. THE END OF EVERYTHING moves her away from the deeply
satisfying pleasures of noir towards something more subtle, but
still deft, intelligent and enthralling.”
—Kate Atkinson, Case Histories
When Will There Be Good News?
“With THE END OF EVERYTHING, Megan
Abbott takes an insightful, sensuous coming-of-age
tale and ties it to a freight train of a mystery. The result is
a novel that’s bold, unnerving, poignant and full of
yearning--ike that first teenage year itself.”
—Gillian Flynn, Dark Places and Sharp Objects
Abbott is the perfect storyteller—compelling,
confounding and unconventional. And THE END OF EVERYTHING is a
dark, twisted tale that will echo in the back of your mind long
after you've closed the book.”
—Val McDermid, Wire in the Blood and A Darker Domain
“Lizzie’s quest to find her missing best
friend Evie, and make Evie’s seemingly perfect family whole
again, is riveting and heartbreaking. Abbott’s lyrical prose
gives voice to a girl in the grips of profound loss and
transformation. This is a book that gets under your skin and
—Jennifer McMahon, author of Promise Not to Tell and
About the book ...
a placid 1980s suburb in the Midwest, thirteen-year old Lizzie
Hood and her next door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable,
best friends who swap bathing suits and field-hockey sticks and
between whom, presumably, there are no secrets. Together they
live in the shadow of Evie’s glamorous older sister Dusty, who
provides them a window on the exotic, intoxicating possibilities
on their own teenage horizons. To Lizzie, the Verver household,
presided over by Evie’s big-hearted father, is the world’s most
then, one afternoon, Evie disappears. The only clue: a maroon
sedan Lizzie spotted driving past the two girls earlier in the
day. As a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban
community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie
unhappy, troubled, upset? Had she mentioned being followed?
Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger? Would Evie
have gotten into a car with a man?
by curiosity and a desire to rescue the enchanted
Verver household from ruin, Lizzie takes up her own furtive
pursuit of the truth. Her days spent with a shell-shocked Mr.
Verver, she devotes her nights to prowling through backyards,
peering through windows, pushing herself to the dark center of
Evie’s world. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and
titillated by her own new power as the center of the
disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secret after secret and begins to
wonders if she knew anything about her best friend at all.
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books, Little, Brown
Publication Date: July 7, 2011
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