One phone call can change everything... For Sylvie Bates-McAllister, a recently-widowed mother of two, the late-night phone call from the prestigious school her grandfather founded alluding to her adopted son Scotts involvement in a hazing scandal, that may or may not have led to the death of one of the boys he coaches on the school team, throws the family into chaos. Sylvie has to decide between maintaining her outwardly perfect life inherited from her grandfather--the family estate outside Philadelphia, the school, the reputationand the son who she feels wants nothing to do with her. For Charles, Sylvies biological son, it dredges up a ghost from the past--his high school girlfriend who has been off the map for years but is suddenly very present. For Joanna, his wife, it forces her to confront all the things that she didnt anticipate would come along with the perfect life she imagined ever since she was a young girl, creating her scrapbook of the Bates-McAllisters. And, for Scott, haunted by years of first impressions and assumptions, it illuminates a world he has never felt a part of. But for all the Bates-McAllisters, the phone call awakens questions lain dormant for years, revealing a tangled web of secrets that ties the family together: the mystery of the school hazing, Sylvies deceased husband James locked filing cabinet, what tore Charles and Scott apart the night of their high school graduation, and who James intended to give that bracelet to all those years ago.
Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Brooklyn College.