The personal mysteries of four women over multiple generations converge until working together to reveal their individual hidden truths collectively brings a twisted town to its knees in this alternate history crime story. This book collects the two prequels, along with the first two books in THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA, released as individual books into a single e-book exclusive set.
The disappearance of a lawyer in the 1940s plants the seed to expose the town's secrets through the generations to expose a town where dubious consent has become a cultural norm not everyone agrees with. Everything comes to a head in the 1990s when a genealogy essay assigned by English teacher Esther Rawlins starts to unravel hidden mysteries and turns some of her students into sleuths seeking to learn what happened to a teenage girl who also went missing in the 1940s.
Willowbrook, Washington, existed as a small community in the Inland Northwest influenced by the arrival of outsiders looking to live a different lifestyle, and constructed an economy taking advantage of women while allowing them to hide in plain sight. The disappearance of a lawyer in the 1940s plants the seed to ultimately expose the town's secrets through the generations. Everything starts to unravel in the 1990s when a genealogy essay assigned by their English teacher Esther Rawlins starts to crack open hidden mysteries and turns some of her students into amateur sleuths of a sort, seeking to learn what happened to the teenage girl who also went missing in the 1940s, and setting events in motion to change the destiny of the town into modern day, and possibly forever in this rural, small town, twisted coming of age saga. In addition to bringing BY THE WILLOW BROOK, BEYOND THE WILLOW BROOK, EVERYTHING CHANGES, and DOWN TO THE ROOTS into a single book, plus several Willowbrook short stories only previously available in e-book anthologies - "Blurring Lines," "Built to Be," "Call to Family, "Enough is Enough," "New Beginnings," and "The Lazy D".
Although this is billed as a contemporary alternative history crime tale, the theme is about human trafficking and exploitation, which is all too real.