There is an element of fantasy about this story, but it takes you away to another place for a while and it is difficult to put down once it gets going.
Beth LaMonte has moved to Maine to concentrate on a quieter life and a painting career. However, she is distracted by a firefly, which leads her to a secluded beach and, with it, the secrets of a girl who lived there and disappeared in 1975. Beth cannot let it go and is determined to see out the mystery, helped along by the firefly and a good supporting cast of her new neighbours. It has got some fantasy to it, but it is told in a more-believable-than-unbelievable way. The detail to the descriptions of Beth's locations help put you inside the story. It did start off a bit slowly, but once I got into the essence of the story, I was looking for every opportunity to read it. There were many unpredictable twists and although I did find Beth's method of uncovering the truth to be a bit unorthodox, it was still a good story.
I must admit when I downloaded this, I was a bit unsure as although this is the sort of thing I normally read, I was worried that I would let the firefly element annoy me. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. A recommended read to anyone who loves a good mystery with an original twist to it.