"My past was never more than one thought, one breath, one heartbeat away. And then, on that particular October evening, it literally arrived at my doorstep."
Eight months after dropping out of Tarble, an all-women's college, twenty-two-year-old Ruby Rousseau is still haunted by the memories of her senior year-a year marred by an affair with her English professor and a deep depression that not only caused her to question her own sanity but prompted a failed suicide attempt.
And then a mysterious paisley print suitcase arrives, bearing Ruby's name and address on the tag. When Ruby tries to return the luggage to its rightful owner, Beth Richards, her dorm mate at Tarble, she learns that Beth disappeared two days earlier, and the suitcase is the only tangible evidence as to her whereabouts.
Consumed by the mystery of the missing girl and the contents of the luggage-a tattered copy of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, the book on which Ruby based her senior thesis, and which she believes instigated her madness-she sets out to uncover the truth, not only about Beth Richards's past but also her own. In doing so, Ruby is forced to reexamine the people from her past: the professor who whisked her away to New Orleans and then shattered her heart and the ghosts of dead women writers who beckoned her to join their illustrious group. And when Ruby's storyline converges with Beth's in a way she never imagined, she returns to the one place she swore she never would: her alma mater.
I really enjoyed this book! It was fun, and it was exactly how Meg Cabot described it in her blurb, and yeah, it was just a compelling mystery, and I got to learn about some English College level stuff, since I didn't go that route in college!
I loved the diary entries, and the twist behind them, because I thought that it was Ruby's entries, but then who it turns out to be? And how Ruby comments when she read them, that she could've written them? That was pretty cool, and pretty creepy too!
This book was about a teacher having an affair with his student, and then moving on, and the reactions those students had to his leaving them. Oh, and how he was grading their end of semester project, he'd give it a D, and then take it, and publish it as his own. So yeah, he was a sleazy dirt bag!
The mystery behind Beth's disappearance, and possible murder, that was interesting, intriguing, and exciting! (Yes, I know, but I couldn't think of another "i" word) There were lots of little clues, like every other sentence added a piece to the puzzle, even if you didn't know it at the time!
I really enjoyed this book, it was a really nice, and yeah, can't wait to see what Amy Gail Hansen writes next!!!
Author: Amy Gail Hansen
Read: May 28th, 2014
Source: Publisher for review
Reason Why: Got it for review, and it had a blurb from Meg Cabot!! And it's a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published: August 6th 2013