The End of Everything Megan Abbott, Picador, $27.99 It’s not the usual scenario. Thirteen-year-old Evie Verver goes missing with all the ensuing parental anguish and media fanfare, yet her older sister Dusty is more annoyed than worried and best friend Lizzie is ambivalent to say the least. For although the girls have been inseparable since childhood, Lizzie senses Evie was on the cusp of change, concealing her feelings for the first time and developing darker desires. The award-winning author plays with the reader’s sensibilities in a novel bound to provoke debate. As Lizzie spends more and more time comforting her idol, Evie’s father, and even playing detective, her narrative and recollection of past events is underpinned by some disturbing sexual undercurrents. Shelley Orchard * Megan Abbott will be a guest at Writers’ Week from March 3-8.