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February 15, 2016



Published by harpercollins

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Silent Girls comes another unforgettable thriller set in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, featuring Detective Sonja Test

Even in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present

In the remote, pastoral hamlet of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town’s sense of peace and community. Anger simmers. Fear and prejudice awaken. Old friends turn on each other. Violence threatens.

So when a young teenage girl is savagely murdered while babysitting at the house of the lead attorney in the case, Detective Sonja Test believes the girl’s murder and the divisive case must be linked

However, as the young detective digs deeper into her first murder case, she discovers sordid acts hidden for decades, and learns that behind the town’s idyllic façade of pristine snow lurks a capacity in some for great darkness and the betrayal of innocents. And Sonja Test, a mother of two, will do anything to protect the innocent.

my review

A gripping story. Jonathan Merryfield made a career out of taking cases for underprivileged victims of violence. Young teenager Jessica Cumber was pleased that she had got the job to babysit in the Merryfield’s grand old home of the lead attorney Jonathan and his wife Bethany for their baby boy Jon. One evening when Jessica babysits Jon and Bethany return home early to hear the sounds of their baby bawling. No sign of Jessica, it looked like Jessica Cumber had left baby Jon in his cot all alone. When the Vermont state police arrive they find Jessica Cumber dead on the grimy stone floor in the Merryfield’s cellar. Lots of details of this gripping story I have deliberately left out. I hope you enjoy this plot as much as I did.


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