Expected publication date: November 3, 2015
Description (taken from Suzanne Young's website):
"Stay tonight. Stay forever."
When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she's grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother's death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.
Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions--including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey's pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel's dark past.
The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She's torn in different directions--the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between in a place that is so much more than it seems...
Welcome to the Ruby.
Audrey's father is taking her and her brother across state lines to live with their grandmother. It seems no one is able to deal with the grief from losing a loved one in this family. And in the middle of the road trip, Audrey's father takes them to the Hotel Ruby. An intoxicating and inviting hotel smack-dab in the middle of nowhere. But once they check in, will they ever want to leave?
Before going to her room, Audrey decides to explore the amenities of the hotel. She meets a guest named Elias who offers to show her around. But when night turns to day, she realizes something is a little off in this place. And as more guests talk about the invitation-only event that happens every night, Audrey begins to wonder why she's the only one who's not invited. And as her father continues to extend their stay, she wonders if they'll ever be able to leave the Ruby.
I had this pegged from the beginning. And this one's a tough one to describe because I don't want to give it all away even though it's at the tip of my tongue. This story just builds off of a web of lies and dreams, and it all captivates you. The only thing that kind of haunts me is the ending. I'm not sure I liked that. It's definitely one I'm going to be thinking about for a while.
This book is a definite for Suzanne Young fans. And if you haven't picked up her books yet, this would be a good mystery for you.
Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.