by Susan Lund
“Tess returns home to bury her father but what she finds buried in his attic makes her question everything she thought she knew about the mild-mannered trucker…
PARADISE HILL, WASHINGTON
The seemingly idyllic mountain town harbors a dark secret: four young girls have disappeared over a forty-year period. With no crime scenes, no leads and no suspects, the cases have gone cold.
The remains of one missing girl are discovered in a burned-out cabin at a remote campsite, reopening the case and suggesting the worst may be true – a ruthless child killer is operating in Washington State.
Crime reporter and amateur cyber-sleuth Tess is obsessed with the cold cases of missing girls in Washington State. As she works to settle her father’s estate, she’s shaken to her core when she uncovers evidence pointing to his involvement.
FBI SPECIAL AGENT MICHAEL CARTER
On leave after solving a particularly heartbreaking case of child abduction and murder for the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, Michael is back in Paradise Hill to recover and visit with family. Despite doctor’s orders to stay clear of police work, Michael’s drawn back in when Tess asks for his help understanding the secrets found in her father’s attic.
A RUTHLESS CHILD KILLER
Having escaped justice for decades, he’s bored and deliberately stirs the pot, revealing the body of one of the dead girls. Despite the fact he’s hiding in plain sight, no one suspects that he’s really a wolf and not the sheep he pretends to be. He sees Tess and Michael’s involvement in the case as a challenge and views Tess as a temptation he can’t resist.
AN EIGHTEEN-YEAR OLD COLD CASE
For Tess and Michael, the cases are personal: Tess’s best friend in public school, Lisa Tate, was one of the missing girls from Paradise Hill. Michael was babysitting the night little Lisa vanished. The guilt they harbor over their role in her disappearance drives them both.
Desperate for answers, Tess and Michael join forces to track a killer and uncover the secrets Tess finds in her father’s attic. Will the answers bring Tess peace or shatter her?”
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