Their childhood was dominated by pain and fear. They escaped the darkness at first chance, but darkness is a beast that doesn't let go easily, and now it's found them. It will be a battle that will threaten their lives and souls. The time to fight is almost at hand and this time, they can't run.
From BookLife at Publisher's Weekly:
The joy of this mystery is embedded in its characters, specifically Sophie, a cautious but brave protagonist who will enrapture readers. The fight for good over evil and chaos rings throughout, and readers will cheer for Sophie and Luke’s love to win in the end. The character of Gideon, a most heinous antagonist, is compelling but lacks intricacy. Fans of mystery novels will find familiar plot points, but the narrative’s charm lies in the nuance of Stone’s people’s complex emotions, which make this combination of mystery and romance shine.
Takeaway: Returning to her childhood home reveals a sinister plot against the heroine’s life in this compelling mystery tinged with romance.
She’s weathered all the storms life sent her way. A man who promised to love and cherish, cheated on her and left her penniless and homeless. Her mother’s love came with conditions she had a hard time meeting. She works three jobs to survive, pay her college tuition and take care of her dog.
Ivy reckoned she was equipped to face most anything life threw at her, but some things just aren’t in your wheelhouse. What happens when she arrives to service a swimming pool in an exclusive community is something she never imagined and is not prepared to handle. Being a witness to the aftermath of a bizarre murder paints a virtual bullseye on her back and sends her on the run with only her dog and what she can carry in a suitcase.
Now she has a choice. Trust a complete stranger or take her chances on her own. Were it not for the fact that her dog immediately trusts the hero who comes to her rescue, maybe she’d take her chances. Or not. This fear she feels is overwhelming and she’s not sure she’ll ever get to the other side of it without help.
She was a modern-day gypsy, never staying too long in one place. She said it was a case of wanderlust, but perhaps it was also a case of running from the truth of who and what she was.
Now, she answers a call from her oldest friend, a call for help. Young women are being kidnapped from the reservation where Sadie grew up. Some are sold. Others are murdered. She can't turn her back on the call, she has to try and help, and fate will steer her to someone capable of providing the kind of help she needs.
But there's a price for everything, isn't there? Accepting this help means facing painful truths about her past, her life and who she really is.
Life is about to get very complicated. And dangerous.