Just finished reading. Thoroughly enjoyed the book - well-developed characters, descriptive but not overly-so language, plenty of plot twists. Disclaimer: I listened to this using Audible so it's possible I missed something. But ... Carolyn? Are we provided an explanation for that relationship? For anyone who is still reading, I don't wish to ruin the ending. but ... ?
Lauren I'd say this was the one part of the story that didn't work. I also never understood why Carolyn felt mad at Amanda, in that last call.
Mary Kate Mason
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[Not sure if I picked up on this from other books with this trope, I just knew Carolyn wasn't alive, that Amanda had blocked the rape/murder of her friend by the hand of her own father, whom Amanda killed upon finding them. So all the "conversations" and texts to/from Carolyn did not exist. (hide spoiler)]
Jenny SPOILER: I also listened to the book and walked away with the same question. The last phone conversation with Carolyn seemed important and kept the mystery going. Leaving it as, "oh it was just a delusion" seemed like a cop out. I thought the imagined father and Carolyn were the weakest parts of the plot.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I started wondering if Carolyn was really real when it was noted that Zach didn't know anything about her and that Sarah/Maude had been told about her but had never met her. Also when Amanda went to go meet her and she never showed up. When it was revealed that Amanda's father had killed Carolyn before Amanda killed him over a decade earlier, I realized that Amanda was living in a delusion where her father and Carolyn were both still alive. No one else knew Carolyn or had met her because she was only still alive in Amanda's fractured mental state. (hide spoiler)]
Lucy Thanks for the helpful answers, I feel like this part was a little underdeveloped and not thoroughly explained.