In Nancy Bush’s latest novel Hush, Coby Rendell’s past and present are reunited when old acquaintances reunite for a birthday party. Back in high school Coby’s father and his friends brought their daughters together for weekends at the Rendell’s beach house. The girls weren’t exactly friends…not exactly enemies.
At their last beach house gathering as young women, Lucas Moore dies after he and his friends crashed the girls’ beach party. He’s the It boy at their high school. He’s the one boy they all covet. The tragedy doesn’t bring them any closer. Plus, Lucas’ fellow party-crashers overheard the girls’ secrets they thought were shared in private during a childhood game.
Twelve years later, Coby and the other girls come together for their family and friend. Uneasiness over Lucas’ supposedly accidental death hangs over them all. Shared secrets and a murder bring the past hurtling into the present.
There are several murders before the mystery of the pall hanging over the girls is revealed. Those left alive learn that it was the secrets not revealed on that fateful night that were the deadliest.
I enjoyed this book, even though I was getting confused. Moving back and forth between past and present, as well as a huge cast of characters, meant that you need to pay attention as you read. I spent time flipping back on the e-reader, trying to figure out who was who. I blame myself more than Bush, though. My brain is often mush by mid-summer!