The 5th Lily Bard novel from the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Lily Bard is a woman with a dark past. One she's trying to forget. So she joins a local therapy group in her adopted town of Shakespeare, hoping it will help her cope with her memories. But as they assemble for one session, they find a dead woman left on display.
Lily finds herself embroiled in the murder and its aftermath. With her own terrible secrets dredged up, she cannot rest until the killer is caught. But can she stop the perpetrator before they strike again? And before her nightmares send her over the edge?
Harris's fifth Lily Bard mystery set in the small Arkansas town of Shakespeare (Shakespeare's Trollop, etc.) is good enough in part to make one wish it was better as a whole. Its mainstream novelistic promise is left unfulfilled in its adherence to genre conventions. The victim of horrendous violence and plagued by nightmares, anger and self-loathing, Lily joins a local support group headed by Tamsin Lynd, a professional counselor. Tamsin herself has a major problem. She and her husband moved from Cleveland to Shakespeare after being terrorized by a stalker who remains at large. To their horror, the stalker appears to have followed them. First they find a squirrel hung from a tree in their backyard, then the corpse of one of the group in Tamsin's office. Lily, now a professional detective working for her friend/mentor/lover, Jack Leeds, wants to help. It seems two other people connected to the original investigation have followed Tamsin to Shakespeare: one is a woman cop obsessed with catching the stalker, the other a crime writer hoping to find the stuff of a bestseller. In the end, the author delivers a solution too bizarre to be credible. The book's most serious problem, however, is its lack of focus. It would like to be a story about women's pain the trauma of rape and the terror of being stalked but in fulfilling its obligations to the detective story it loses purpose and direction, as well as most of its suspense. FYI:Harris is also the author of the Aurora Teagarden mystery series.