From the internationally bestselling author of Still Mine comes a “riveting, twisty…stay-up-all-night read” (Karma Brown, bestselling author of In This Moment) about the hunt for a missing mother and son in a town that is drowning in deception—perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.
How do you find the truth in a town full of secrets?
Sally Proulx and her young boy have mysteriously disappeared in the stormy town of High River. Clare O’Dey is hired to track them down, hoping against all odds to find them alive. But High River isn’t your typical town. It’s a place where women run to—women who want to escape their past for safety and anonymity.
In a town where secrets are crucial to survival, everyone is hiding something. The police clearly have an ulterior motive beyond solving the case. Malcolm Boon, who hired Clare, knows more about her than he reveals. And their benefactor, Helen Haines, is concealing a tragic family history of her own. As the truth surges through High River, Clare must face the very thing she has so desperately been running from, even if it comes at a devastating cost.
“As swift, intense and vengeful as the river it describes, this book is a must-read” (Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret).
In Stuart's engrossing but over-plotted psychological thriller, Clare O'Dey, who fled an abusive husband in 2016's Still Mine, has her doubts about helping mysterious PI Malcolm Boon, whom her husband hired to track her down in the previous book, find another missing woman. The last time they teamed up, Clare was nearly killed, but Malcolm knows that empathetic Clare will be unable to refuse the case of Sally Proulx. Sally and her two-year-old son have vanished from the women's refuge in High River, a remote western town that could be in either the U.S. or the author's native Canada. It doesn't take long after Clare's arrival in High River, where she pretends to be an old friend of Sally's, for her to suspect that almost everyone is hiding some pretty dangerous secrets including attractive detective Colin Rourke, who's codirecting the local police investigation. Although the myriad plot strands end up needlessly muddying matters, a complex heroine to whom readers will relate and the vividly evoked natural setting save the day.