by Francesca Lia Block
Publication date: October 16, 2012
From a star YA author Francesca Lia Block—an adult novel about a student, haunted by the disappearance of a friend, who must face the truth.
The Elementals is on one level an intriguing coming-of-age novel about a young woman, Ariel Silverman, facing the challenges of her first years away at college in Berkeley, California, while her mother battles cancer at home in Los Angeles. But the book takes on deeper, stranger meanings when we realize that Ariel is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice.
The title of this novel grabbed my attention initally, along with the gorgeous cover. The missing best friend aspect is intriguing, I'm already itching to know what happened to Jeni. It's also targeted for an older audience which is a nice change of pace.
The summary from Goodreads is scant with the details, but I actually prefer it this way for an author I haven't read before. The Elementals is definitely on my to-read list for what looks to be a refreshing fall read.