Book opens 25 years ago with 7yr old Carrie Nolan and her sister being held and raped by a pedophile clown. After being raped herself she had to listen as her younger sister was raped and murdered. Due to being interrupted the killer got away but Carrie lived.
Now 25 years later she is going by a new name, Dana Moretti ,and is a very well known published crime novelist who has in her research for her books helped bring to light the identity of a of few serial killers.
After many failed attempts at relationships due to her not being able to be intimate with or to trust men she decides she is going back to her home town and write a book about the killer who haunts her nightmares. The town does not know who she is really is but does not want that ugly thing that happened all those years ago brought back up again. What Dana doesn't realize is the killer still lives in the town and he recognizes her instantly and wants to finish what he started 25 years ago.
Sheriff Cole Landry, used to come to High Ridge when he was younger to visit with his Aunt and Uncle on their ranch. After 10 years in the service he needed to escape the horrors of Iraq and Afghanistan, and at his uncle's urging took the open Sheriff's position. He is not happy with the stranger that has come to his town that is stirring up things better left forgotten. Not long after she arrives there is a murder and then another. Dana tries to tell the Sheriff she thinks it's the same person that killed all those children years ago but he doesn't want to believe that her theory that the killer is someone that has lived in the town all these years and is someone they all know well.
Cole realizes that he very attracted to Dana but also knows two things - one she isn't being totally honest with him as to why she is there and also that she is suffering from PTSD.
I thought the author did a great job of showing how what happened to Carrie/Dana 25 years ago still affected her life today. She didn't just have Cole and Dana jump into bed together right away. I really liked how Cole was very patient with her and how when the time came Dana faced her demons and allowed herself to finally feel pleasure with a man she had come to trust.
We get the point of view of the killer as he takes the girls and women (current day) and get a pretty graphic description of what he does to them. This is where I warn it's not for the faint at heart. If you don't think you can read about the torture and rape of 10 yr old girls then don't read this book. But as we all know from reading headlines unfortunately these types of things do happen in real life. I applaud the author for taking this subject matter on and writing a great book about it. She also shows us what happened to those parents of all those children that were killed 15 years ago, that a parent never gets over losing a child like that.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 760 KB
- Print Length: 354 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; First Edition Scarlet Rose edition (3 February 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0075YJG90
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer rating
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,459,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)