The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

The End of Everything

Megan Abbott

Thirteen-year old Lizzie and Evie are inseparable until Evie suddenly disappears. Lizzie is convinced their close bond will help solve the mystery, but does Evie's older sister, Dusty, know more than she's letting on? An engrossing, emotional read which took me back to just how it felt during that transitional time when you stop being a little kid and start to get disturbing glimpses of the adult world.

Extract

One time, the summer before middle school, Evie and I were in my yard long past bedtime, sneaking into a purloined bag of foamy marshmallows and giggling wonderful silent giggles so no one would hear.
Dusty and Mr Verver were back there and they had the radio perched on the windowsill and Mr Verver heard an old song he liked and he started singing to it, and it was that kind of singing where you pretend to be making fun of yourself, but you're really loving it. His voice was always like that. Like he just might start laughing at any minute.
When the chorus came - 'You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand' - Dusty started singing too, and her voice was so delicate, like tinkly bells, but she gave it everything and they were having so much fun, stumbling over the words, and we started to know the chorus too, we heard it so many times.

Parallels
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold