Chloe and Ruby have an unbreakable bond. Half-sisters who share an alcoholic mother, the girls live a bohemian life in a sleepy New York town that borders an infamous reservoir.

All of this changes when 14-year-old Chloe finds the body of a dead classmate in the reservoir. Traumatized, she decides to move in with her estranged father. Two years later, Ruby shows up at Chloe’s house begging her to come home. When Chloe returns, she discovers that Ruby’s influence is far more extensive than anything Chloe could have imagined—and that their sisterly bond is rife with deadly secrets.

Chloe’s first-person narration is often haunting, bringing to life not only the enigmatic Ruby, but also the mythic reservoir that surrounds their home: “You had to watch your toes, because the jagged bottom could cut you, and hang tight to your clothes, if you were wearing any, because the reservoir was known to take what it wanted when it wanted it.”

Imaginary Girls will submerge its readers in an eeriness and intensity not often felt in YA literature.

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