Still waters run deep.
English teacher, mother, wife, and convicted child predator Jane Thompson has made parole and she has a plan. She begins her life in the shadows while she bides her time. One month later, the bludgeoned body of the student she was found guilty of corrupting four years earlier is found on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Officers Stonechild and Gundersund head up the investigation and Jane Thompson quickly becomes the prime suspect. But knowing guilt and proving it are two entirely different things.
Wading through deeply buried secrets to the truth will take Stonechild and the team on a twisted journey into the heart of evil. The question is: who will come out the other side?
The intriguing fourth book in Chapman's Stonechild and Rouleau police procedural series (following Tumbled Graves) seems to present detectives Kala Stonechild and her partner Paul Gundersund with a straightforward case. When 17-year-old Devon Eton is found murdered, the prime suspect is Jane Thompson a beautiful teacher who was charged and convicted of having sexual relations with Devon when he was a student in her junior high school classroom. Jane was recently released on parole after serving a three-year sentence, but, as the detectives and Staff Sergeant Jacques Rouleau investigate, they begin to think things may not be not what they seem. Chapman's tightly constructed mystery introduces readers to a variety of interesting characters and other possible suspects, including Jane's former husband, Adam, and his young girlfriend, Naomi; Devon's family members; and his best friend Charlie. The interplay between Rouleau, Stonechild, and Gundersund, who are all well-developed characters dealing with their own personal problems, will draw readers into the story, too. As they dig deeper into the mystery, they uncover lies and terrible truths that take this story into darker territory and questions of the nature of evil. It's a gripping read.