One September morning, Greta Carpenter gets a phone call that will upend her life. Within minutes, she and her family hastily pack up their belongings and abandon their home.
Where did the family go and why?
Det. Roberta Hobbs has been assigned to uncover the family’s whereabouts. Hobbs is a confident, intelligent police veteran. However, each passing day brings her closer to her unresolved past. When Hobbs digs deeper into the mystery, all leads point to her own longtime ex-boyfriend – a former drug dealer turned philanthropist named Steven Vance — as the primary suspect.
This riveting dual-timeline suspense novel takes us back to 2004 — the year Greta Carpenter first realizes something is wrong with her young son, John. Over the course of his childhood, John’s learning disabilities become apparent. Greta’s unfaltering advocacy on his behalf puts her at odds with the school system and strains her relationship with her husband Griffin.
Eventually Greta and Griffin’s marriage falls apart, and during the divorce trial, Greta reveals that she was a teenage runaway, and a local entrepreneur named Steven Vance rescued her from the streets. Vance is certainly a man of many shades – a local celebrity for his philanthropy, a reformed criminal, a cunning CEO who sits atop a questionable mini-empire, a benevolent former father figure to Greta and a lying, evasive former companion to Hobbs.
It seems that only Vance has the power to make people disappear in this small town and he emerges as the most obvious suspect…but Hobbs remains uncertain of his role. While her colleagues question whether she can truly be impartial, Hobbs realizes she has a reason to suspect them as well. Nothing is obvious in this thriller…except that Hobbs must race to solve the mystery before it’s too late.
Categories: Mystery & Thriller