A 1980s small town Alabama shut-in fears for her life after a killer’s release in this crime thriller by the author of Dream with Little Angels.
At twenty-two, Sylvie Carson has known a lifetime’s worth of trouble. When she was a child, her baby brother was shot to death by a man named Preacher Eli. Orphaned by her teens, Sylvie is now raising her own baby with no partner in sight. For all these reasons, Leah Teal, Alvin, Alabama’s only detective, tries to stay patient when Sylvie calls the station day and night, always with some new false alarm. But now Preacher Eli is out of prison and moving back to town.
As far as the law is concerned—the old man has paid his dues—though Leah’s twelve-year-old son, Abe, vehemently disagrees. Between that and his relentless curiosity about the daddy he hardly knew, Abe's imagination is running in all directions lately. While Leah struggles with how much of the past to reveal to Abe, she’s also concerned about Sylvie’s mounting panic. Something in her gut tells her the girl might be a target after all. For as Leah knows well, there’s danger not just in the secrets others keep from us, but in the lies that corrupt from within. It's a hunch that will be tested soon enough, as tensions mount on both sides.
Evoking the South with depth and grace, Michael Hiebert’s poignant, gripping novel captures the strength wrought by heartache and lost innocence—and the transformative power of forgiveness, whenever it comes . . .
Praise for Dream with Little Angels
“Hiebert’s first novel courts comparison to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, but the book manages to soar as a moving achievement in its own right. In Hiebert’s hands, psychological insight and restrained lyricism combine to create a coming-of-age tale as devastating as it is indelible.” —Publis
In Hiebert's taut sequel to 2013's Dream with Little Angels, Leah Teal, the sole police detective in Alvin, Ala., is the only one who takes the crisis calls from Sylvie Carson seriously. Shut in from society, Sylvie lives in a ramshackle house with her new baby girl, whose father has deserted her. Sylvie has been traumatized ever since, at age five, she saw Preacher Eli Brown accidentally shoot dead her three-year-old brother, Caleb; he was aiming for their father, with whom he had a land dispute. With the release of Preacher Eli from prison 17 years later, Sylvie has real cause for concern. Leah's precocious 12-year-old son, Abe, shares narrative duty with a third-person voice that not only invites but warmly welcomes readers into the small town of Alvin. Hiebert does a masterful job of building suspense, though some readers may be a tad disappointed by the unexpected resolution.