Marisha Pessl's newest novel explores familiar themes with a new twist. Can a group of friends collectively decide who will escape their new, perpetual reality? Or are they doomed to live the same day forever? At times mysterious and thrilling, Neverworld Wake explores the relationships we have with our loved ones — revealing that even those closest to us can be strangers. Recommended By Alex Y., Powells.com
To say much of anything about the plot would spoil it, so instead I'll just say this: Go get this book ASAP! Highly recommended for fans of Tana French, Donna Tartt, and other crafters of dark and twisty tales you have to stay up past bedtime to finish. Recommended By Leah C., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Enter a realm where fears are physical and memories come alive in this absorbing psychological suspense thriller with a sci-fi twist, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Night Film.
Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim — their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend — changed everything.
One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft — the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world — hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death.
But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she's never going to know what really happened.
Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions.
Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers...and at life.
And so begins the Neverworld Wake.
“This novel has ambition to spare, and teens looking for something odd, atmospheric, and twisty will likely be enthralled.” Booklist
“Pessl manages to keep her first-person narrative moving forward while her characters are stuck in time. An eloquent and haunting tale.” Kirkus Reviews
“Pessl (Special Topics in Calamity Physics) adeptly creates a compelling nightmare world while maintaining a foothold in realism. Thought-provoking and suspenseful.” Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Marisha Pessl is the author of Night Film and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize) and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and currently resides in New York City.