When the cast and crew of The Catch, a Bachelor-style reality show, arrive on Otters Island to shoot the season’s final episodes, none of them expect much from the Pacific Northwest town. But Otters -- and its majestic landscape -- holds many secrets. As the contestants and producers argue and flirt their way to the end of filming, they are faced not only with on-screen drama, but the mysterious forces lingering off-camera. In this odd, hilarious, and thrilling novel, Samantha Allen has created the queer-horror-comedy-social media critique you never knew you needed.
Ava Wong’s life might seem perfect, but the corporate lawyer-turned stay-at-home mom is struggling to raise her toddler and save her marriage. Luckily for Ava, her estranged college roommate Winnie Fang resurfaces with an intriguing proposition: she needs someone with an American passport to help her in a counterfeit luxury handbag scheme. Ava begrudgingly accepts, and the pair orchestrate an international operation that will alter their lives forever. A fresh, funny, friendship-fueled page turner!
Much like summer itself, Abreu’s debut novel is so engrossing that when the end comes, you'll wonder where the time went. Capturing the intimacy of friendships in a visceral way--one reminiscent of Ferrante, but with a certain playfulness about it--this coming-of-age tale keeps its emotions close to the chest, resulting in an almost claustrophobic tone that keeps the reader on edge. Abreu is especially adept at portraying the sometimes very thin line between the platonic and the erotic often experienced in the early, formative years of a life.