Three teen girls, Elizabeth, Zadie and Meredith, are murdered just after closing the ice-cream parlour by two strangers who finish off their crime by burning the shop down. Then the culprits disappear.
Each chapter is a snap shot of those left behind (family, witnesses, suspects, journalists, and the spirits of the girls). The characters are all linked in some small way, most of the time over looked and never recognised by themselves and so the full story is never put together. One man (perhaps he was the murderer) tells the story of an apartment burning down to a couple of homeless men, this story which has been embellished is part of Rosa's (the journalist) past. It all comes down to the small things; the small things we remember most, the small details that hold the biggest secrets, the small things that separate.
From time to time the ghosts visit and prod the living along, and then they are dragged back by the living as the remember their loved ones.
It is hard not to feel something for each character. It is brilliant. Something about this story was hypnotic.
I loved this story, however it is one of those strangely different takes that does not conform to anything popular, making it a story I can't recommend to all. If you wish to step away from the classic story telling formula then read this! There is so much about this story that is beautiful/hauntingly disturbing.