By Emily Arsenault
Charlotte and Nora have not seen each other in many years. They grew up together, and were best friends as girls. After their babysitter disappeared when they were in grade school, they grew apart. Nora eventually left the area, while Charlotte remained behind. Rose’s disappearance remained unsolved.
Now, fifteen years later, bones have been found in a place previously searched. Nora is drawn back home, as she and Charlotte revisit the past in hopes of solving the mystery of Rose’s disappearance. The high school literary magazine may offer clues, as not only did Rose and later Charlotte work on it, but now Charlotte teaches at the high school.
The characters are interesting, and tightly interwoven in this suspenseful novel. Their histories are long and complicated. In Search of the Rose Notes offers many twists and turns and surprises. It is a perfect summer read.