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Kira’s back in her affluent hometown for the first time in years and determined to unravel the secrets of her mother’s death—hidden in the unpublished memoir she left behind—even if it kills her. . . .
After her troublemaker mother’s mysterious death, Kira fled her wealthy Texas town and never looked back. Now, decades later, Kira is invited to an old frenemy’s vow renewal celebration. Though she is reluctant to go, there are things pulling her home . . . like chilled wine and days spent by the pool . . . like sexy Jack, her childhood crush. But more important are the urgent texts from her grandmother, who says she has something for Kira. Something related to her mother’s death, something that makes it look an awful lot like murder.
When her grandmother gives Kira a memoir that her mother had been working on before she died, Kira is drawn into the past and all the sizzling secrets that come along with it. With few allies left in her gossipy country-club town, Kira turns to Jack for help. As she gets closer to discovering what—and who—might have brought about her mother’s end, it becomes clear that someone wants the past to stay buried.
And they might come after Kira next.
The last place L.A. resident Kira Foster wants to go in this formulaic page-turner from Cobb (My Summer Darlings) is Longview, the East Texas hometown she couldn't wait to leave after her mother, Sadie, died by apparent suicide two decades earlier. But when Kira's estranged grandmother suggests she's ready to hand over an important family heirloom, and hints she might be coming around to Kira's conviction that Sadie didn't kill herself, Kira can't resist. Trouble begins before she exits Dallas Fort Worth Airport, where she receives a menacing anonymous text message: "You're making a very big mistake. You'll be sorry." It's not enough to deter her, especially since the item Kira's grandmother wants to give her turns out to be Sadie's unfinished memoir, baring a life—and a secret love—the troubled artist largely hid from her daughter. As Kira devours pages and rekindles a flame with her first crush, now a married neurosurgeon, she discovers clues that might solve the mystery of her mother's death—or condemn her to the same fate. With underwritten characters and one too many plot contrivances, this doesn't measure up to Cobb's best work. Still, it should tide over longtime fans until the author returns to peak form.