It's the summer of 1996 and school's out forever for Andy, her boyfriend Marcus, her best friend Peter, and Em. When Andy's alcoholic mother predicts the apocalypse, the four teenagers decide to see out the end of the world at a deserted manor house. There they meet the charming David—who seems to have appeared out of nowhere—and he presents an irresistible lure for both Andy and Peter, complicating their lifelong friendship. When the group learns that a diamond necklace, stolen 50 years ago, might still be somewhere on the manor grounds, the Game—half treasure hunt, half friendly deception—begins, and it will reveal years of secrets, lies, and, ultimately, one terrible betrayal.
"[A] stellar debut…. The gorgeous, poetic prose perfectly complements the suspenseful plot. Gosling is off to a terrific start."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)