Enchantment Lake in the Minnesota North Woods.
As Francie was waiting for her turn to audition for a play, her Great Aunt Astrid called and told Francesca to "Come quickly."
17-year-old Francie is on her own - sort of - since her father died in an accident 7 years before. Her grandfather keeps watch on Francie. So, of course, Francie calls her grandfather about this mysterious phone call and he just laughs.
Huh! Francie races home to Enchantment Lake, where her great-aunts live without electricity or a road and the story these two women tell Francie is both unsurprisingly confusing and unexpectedly frightening. People along the undeveloped side of Enchantment Lake (where the great-aunts live) are meeting with strange accidents - FATAL accidents. Dum dum DUMMMMMM!!
Reading this book was like taking a vacation. I loved the setting - and anyone who has spent time on a wooded lake as a child will love this setting, too. And I loved the set-up; including Francie's estranged-in-a-friendly-negligent-sort-of-way family AND where Francie is when she gets the garbled phone call. I truly enjoyed the characters, people Francie has known all her life, changed and grown older; the batty great-aunts, the handsome lawyer-to-be, her old friend Ginger and the little brother, T.J., the sheriff, the resort owner, the fat real estate developer - yep, all of them.
BUT, best of all, is this. Margie Preus asks a lot of questions about Francie's family and doesn't answer a single one of them!! You know what that means, right? She's planning a series about Francie and this little community. I am so excited!