A body in the lake. A mystery that is not what it appears. A boy with his own dark secrets.
It's been four days, and 17-year-old Reese Elderwood still has no idea what happened to her missing best friend, Charlotte Walters.
Charlotte disappeared at her own house on a Saturday night, in the middle of a Halloween party with the theme of ''missing girls.'' And so far, no one has any answers. Charlotte's parents and older brother are still acting strange, a classmate whom Reese used to have a crush on has been giving her cryptic hints and warnings, and the police have made a shocking discovery in the lake that raises only more questions.
But Reese is not about to give up on her best friend. The affluent, lakeshore town of St. Clair has always been a place full of secrets, but Reese will make sure that what happened to Charlotte doesn't remain one of them.
Her first order of business? Making a trip to Charlotte's neighbor's house, where an elusive boy drops hints that the mystery Reese is unraveling is bigger than she could have imagined—and that if Reese keeps investigating, she may discover that her best friend was keeping more than just a few secrets from her.
THE LAST REAL CRIME is the second novel in the YA mystery trilogy "The Disappearance of Charlotte Walters." The complete trilogy includes:
- THE LAST REAL GIRL (Book 1)
- THE LAST REAL CRIME (Book 2)
- THE LAST REAL SECRET (Book 3)
Praise for THE DISAPPEARANCE OF CHARLOTTE WALTERS:
"Warman's taut prose is pitched perfectly for her subject matter, managing to make the high school drama feel high-stakes and creepy by turns… The author's sharp senses of pacing and character make this a thoroughly enjoyable read. Readers will be waiting with anticipation for future volumes. A captivating teen mystery in a secretive lakeside town." -Kirkus Reviews
"An intriguing blend of realism and reflection, unsettling discoveries and natural consequences… In this young adult mystery, nothing can be taken for granted and no one connected to the missing girl is untouched." -Foreword Reviews
L.C. Warman is the author of the St. Clair mystery series. She grew up in New England, in a town where real estate contracts stipulated that you couldn't back out if you discovered your new place was haunted. She currently lives in a Michigan lakeside town with her husband and two dogs.