Chloe and Ruby are sisters. They are basically on their own. Their mother is a drunk and their fathers have abandoned them. Ruby is charismatic and beautiful and people love her. She can do whatever she wants whenever she wants and she can get the people of the town to do things for her. Chloe looks up to her older sister Ruby and will do anything she asks. One night Ruby asks Chloe to swim the reservoir in their town. During the swim Chloe discovers a dead body in a boat. This so traumatizes her that she moves away and lives with her father for two years. Then Ruby comes and gets her; Ruby wants her back. Back in the town and under Ruby’s influence it is like the events of that night never happen. London, the dead girl, is alive and if not well at least present. Ruby’s hold on the town and its people seems stronger than ever, but something strange is happening and it involves the reservoir. Ruby has always told stories about the town of Olive and how its people held on even when the government built the damn and flooded the reservoir. She tells of how the people of Olive are still there, waiting at the bottom of the deepest part of the reservoir. Now there seems to be something about the reservoir that Ruby isn’t telling Chloe and it involves London.
This was a beautifully written book. The language is almost lyrical. However, I had no idea what was going on throughout most of the book and my questions were not answered at the end. How does Ruby have such influence? It is like she controls everything within the town borders, but this is never explained. I am not sure I trust Chloe’s explanations of anything that happens either. Something just seems off about the whole thing. The town of Olive? Does it still exist at the bottom of the reservoir? What exactly are its people if it does? What really happened to London? To Ruby? Is it magic, paranormal, aliens? I really have no idea. I couldn’t put this book down, mainly because I couldn’t figure it out, but it was a very frustrating read. Nothing really made sense and nothing was ultimately explained.