- Ann McDuffie
Sometimes we make choices that have unexpected and devastating consequences. In Dark Water by Laura McNeal, 15-year-old narrator Pearl begins her story with just such a dark foreboding. Then, page by page, chapter after chapter, the shocking story unfolds.
Along the way, readers meet Pearl’s cousin Robby, a musical prodigy, who is suspicious that his father is having an affair; her mother, a substitute school teacher with a penchant for trying wacky business ventures; and her best friend who has the hots for a delinquent with the appropriate name Hickey. In her forbidden pursuit of Amiel, Pearl ditches school, sneaks out of the house and spins a web of lies that will inevitably backfire. Meanwhile, time marches relentlessly toward the deadly fall California wildfire season and Pearl’s life-altering decision.