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From the creator of the Jessica James mystery series comes a sharp, edgy psychological thriller in which a woman is forced to confront the demon of her past--before he destroys her future. Long ago, Carrie Holt had accepted the legacy of her traumatic childhood, tucking the memories away where they couldn't hurt her. And until now she's succeeded in putting her past behind her. She's a successful writer, on the brink of becoming a bestseller. She has achieved all she set out to. When she returns to her hometown to speak at a writers' festival, Carrie comes face-to-face with the man--the monster--who victimized her for years as an innocent child. A man who has become a prominent television personality. A man who holds a terrifying amount of power. No longer able to ignore her anger, and fearing he is targeting a new victim, Carrie confronts her tormentor. But in doing so, she unleashes a fury of doubts, questions and dangers, as she realizes her memories are not all that they seem.
Abby Northrup finally has the quiet life she's dreamed of, living in Carmel at the former monastery she purchased and renovated. But The Prayer House is more than a peaceful home for Abby--unofficially it is an underground safe haven for abused women and children. And when an old friend and her daughter appear on Abby's front step looking for safe haven, Abby's tranquil life begins to dissolve. Alicia Gerard is the wife of a wealthy business tycoon with strong connections to the political world. Abby agrees to take Alicia and her daughter in, but when FBI agents swarm the building looking for them, Abby finds herself trapped in a world of murder, conspiracy and threats to national security. On the run from government agents who make their own rules, Abby must decide which of her beliefs are worth dying for--and which ones are not.
Abby Northrope has everything a woman could want. A wonderful home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, a wealthy lawyer husband, a wide circle of friends and a secure place in the community. She has everything...until Marti Bright, Abby's best friend from school days, is brutally murdered -- crucified on a hill overlooking Carmel. But Abby lives with a secret of her own: her ailing marriage, so fairy-tale-like to outsiders, is crumbling. As Abby turns all her energies into a quest to avenge Marti's death, she is led down a labyrinth of lies, half-truths, jealousies and revenge. Terrible secrets come to light: about herself, her husband and Marti. But how are the three tied together? With a killer still on the loose, time is running out.
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