The False Friend by Myla Goldberg
From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes a complex psychological drama —
Two eleven-year old girls, best friends, go into the woods. Only one comes out…
Celia and Djuna were the ringleaders of a highly competitive quintet of girls, caught in an escalating cycle of test, reward, and punishment that peaked the afternoon they all walked home along a forbidden woodland road. Celia blocked out what happened, but everyone else in Jensenville assumed that Djuna was abducted that day, though neither Djuna nor her abductor was ever found.
Twenty years later Celia’s memory of that terrible afternoon suddenly returns. She is forced to confront the part she played in her best friend’s disappearance and she returns to Jensenville to confess.
What happens will surprise you.
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