A vibrant contemporary mystery with a classic feel about grappling with grief, righting past wrongs, redefining family, and finding yourself.
Twelve-year-old Lark Heron-Finch is steeling herself to spend the summer on Swallowtail Island off the shores of Lake Erie. It´s the first time she and her sister will have seen the old house since their mom passed away. The island´s always been full of happy memories—and with a step father and his boys and no mom, now everything is different.
When Nadine, a close family friend, tells Lark about a tragic boat accident that happened off the coast many years before, Lark´s enthralled with the story. Nadine´s working on a book about Dinah Purdy, Swallowtails´s oldest resident who had a connection to the crash, and she´s sure that the accident was not as it appeared. Impressed by Lark´s keen eye, she hires her as her research assistant for the summer.
And then Lark discovers something amazing. Something that could change Dinah´s life. Something linked to the crash and to her own family´s history with Swallowtail. But there are others on the island who would do anything to keep the truth buried in the watery depths of the past.
A compelling and complex mystery with a classic feel, Wreck at Ada´s Reef is perfect for fans of The Parker Inheritance, Holes, The Westing Game, and anyone looking for a satisfying puzzle that stretches across decades.