Somewhere off the coast of the shoreline town of Davenport, Connecticut is a mysterious island community. To the mainlanders, Flicker Island is a quiet, innocuous community where the citizens live simple lives and rarely venture from their insular shores.
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To the residents of the island, it is a place where lies become reality, storms are conjured from a cloudless sky, treachery is second nature, and your dreams can kill you.
Mia Burke's life was pretty ordinary; that is, until she begins her junior year at Davenport High. A local sweetheart goes missing, Mia begins her dream job as editor of the school newspaper, and she meets two of Flicker Island's residents who've come to the mainland for the school year: kind and beautiful Aylin Crane and her gorgeous, arrogant twin, Ian.
Mia notices right away there's something strange about the twins and their little island. So how come no one else notices the twins seem to possess some unusual abilities? And why do Mia's parents act so weird when she mentions Flicker Island, like they've fallen under some sort of spell?
Mia is determined to solve the mystery of the island, but her plans are waylaid when the missing girl turns up dead. The dead girl's handsome brother enlists Mia in a quest to learn more about his sister's mysterious murder. What Mia learns might just kill her.
Why can't she just worry about Homecoming like everyone else?