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A gripping novel of family, friendship, and the undeniable pull of the past.

After more than twenty years of marriage, Chloe Sinclair comes home one night to find that her husband, Nate, is gone. All he has left behind is a cryptic note explaining that he’s returned to their childhood town of Redbridge, California—a place brimming with memories of young love and unspeakable loss, and a place Chloe never wants to see again. 

Tending to their small bookstore while trying to reach Nate, Chloe stumbles upon a notebook tucked inside his antique copy of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Written in a code that Nate and his sisters had created as kids—using passages from their favorite books to scramble the text—the pages contain long-buried secrets from her and Nate’s past, and clues to why he went back to Redbridge after all these years. 

As Chloe reluctantly reunites with Nate’s family and struggles to decipher the notebook’s hidden messages, she revisits the seminal moments of their youth: the day she met the enigmatic Sinclair children, their stories and increasingly dangerous games a magical escape from their troubled childhoods; the first time Nate kissed her, camped out on the beach like Robinson Crusoe; the elaborate plan she and Nate devised, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, to escape from his oppressive father, and how their thwarted attempt upended their lives forever. And as the reasons behind Nate’s absence come to light, the truth will shatter everything Chloe knows—about her husband, his family, and herself.
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