Published: 27 March 2018
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Contemporary/Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.
When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.
Con artist stories are really fun to watch on television (hello Leverage fans!) and to read about. Jo, the main character in this book, is trying to con a wealthy family into believing she’s their long lost daughter. Of course there are shenanigans afoot in the family, which would make it interesting enough, but the family is named Lovecraft. I have to wonder if that will mean some kind of supernatural element to the story, like a call back to one of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories or something.
I never get tired of trying to figure out how characters like this pull off their cons, either. Are the people they’re working on really that simple or are they really that good at lying? How do they even do that so convincingly? I have a hard time lying because I can’t keep a straight face, never mind that a con is a high pressure situation. I’d have a tell, I’m sure.
I can’t wait to see what secrets Jo uncovers next March. (No Little Women pun intended there. *lol*)