By Alissa Grosso
'I guess I should have seen it coming. History has a tendency of repeating itself, and the Buntings had already shown themselves pretty much incapable of getting out of Shallow Pond. I don't know why I thought I should be different.'
Shallow Pond is a normal town where nothing ever happens.
Barbara 'Babie' Bunting has lived in Shallow Pond all her life. And the only image of it she finds appealing is that of it getting smaller and smaller as she drives away to college. College means a new beginning, change, excitement and a chance to be known as something other than the youngest Bunting sister, constantly living in the shadow of her two older sisters.
'I held out my hand to him.
"Friends?" I asked.
"Friends," he agreed and shook it.'
Babie has seen what a broken heart can do. And she swears she won't let herself fall for anyone - ever.
But when Zach Faraday walks into Shallow Pond, Babie begins to realise that she can't always control her life, or how she feels. And that sometimes falling can be the sweetest death of all, losing your heart completely to another person.
Shallow Pond is a town with unexpected depths. And something dark lurks beneath the deceptively still surface.
Mysterious illnesses, fake ashes, old friends, tangled memories, coincidences and old photographs all combine to create a vivid picture - forming the base of a secret that not only changes everything Babie thinks she's ever known, but will make her questions herself and the ones she loves.
Sometimes a reflection is just as powerful as the real thing.
Be prepared to be shocked, as Shallow Pond leads you on a tale that is misleadingly mundane...until the truth comes to light. Part sci-fi, part romance, this story is not one you want to miss.