At age eleven, Nora and Charlotte are the best of friends - until their teenager babysitter, Rose, disappears under mysterious circumstances. They decide to "investigate," using paranormal theories and techniques they glean from a hand-me-down collection of Time-Life books. But their search goes nowhere, and leaves both girls distraught and angry with each other.
In her late twenties, Nora is drawn back her old neighborhood, and to Charlotte, when Rose's bones are found. She was probably murdered, and Charlotte is adamant that they solve the crime. Nora - who was the last known person to see Rose alive - is forced to reconsider her memory of the events surrounding the disappearance, and her own troubled adolescence following those fateful days. And she's not sure if she's ready to face the secrets that begin to surface.
Told in alternating narratives from the past and present, this is a mystery about broken friendship and the unease of revisiting adolescent memory.
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"Starred Review. Instead of dwelling on fear and pain, Arsenault guides the reader through grief, compassion, and understanding in this emotionally complex and deeply satisfying read." - Publishers Weekly
"While Arsenault excels at depicting the confusion and anxiety of childhood, the mystery itself lacks suspense." - Library Journal
"Arsenault... spins a tale that's sensitive, chilling and compellingly told in chapters alternating the troubled present with the even more turbulent past." - Kirkus Reviews
"In Search of the Rose Notes feels like a beautifully written secret, whispered into the reader's ear about the lives of two former best friends now tied together only by a mystery. This is a smart, creative and utterly charming novel." - Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone and Angel's Tip
"An enthralling, extremely well-written novel... a definite stay-up-all-nighter. I couldn't rest until I found out what had happened to Rose." - Meg Cabot, author of Abandon and Overbite
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Emily Arsenault is also the author of The Broken Teaglass, a New York Times 2009 Notable Mystery. She lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.emilyarsenault.com.
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