A dead girl found on the side of the road in a small town where there just aren't really murders to be solved. Another girl, ready to get out of dodge, get to college and never look back. A mystery, just the way I like them: short on adrenaline (a couple of spikes at the most climactic of moments, but no amateur detectives running from mob bosses for chapters on end), long on character development. This was an extremely well-written book, really atmospheric and descriptive, with a protagonist who isn't out to get involved in...well, anything in her hometown. I liked that it was a mystery, but it wasn't a high-speed chase toward the identity of the killer. It was more about riding the slow swells of lake waves toward the conclusion, and at times, just treading water and enjoying the view of the shoreline. Excellent.