It's a busy day at the bakery Maeve Conlon owns when she receives a phone call from the high school saying Maeve's employee's daughter, Taylor Dvorak, is ill. Taylor's mom is out on a delivery and Taylor has her own car, so harried Maeve gives the school nurse permission to send Taylor home on her own. But Taylor never makes it: Somewhere between the school and her house, she just vanishes.
Not only does Maeve feel responsible, but she can't shake the feeling that there's more to Taylor's disappearance than meets the eye. So Maeve decides to take matters into her own capable hands. She finds that Farringville has a lot more to hide than most small towns, from the secretive high school girls' soccer coach to Taylor's estranged father and her troubled mother, and she gets to work shining a light on all these mysteries.
Balancing this dark undertaking and her relationship with a local policeman, Maeve will have to walk the fine line between justice and revenge carefully if she hopes to prevail in the next suspenseful novel from Maggie Barbieri.
In Barbieri's angst-filled third Maeve Conlon thriller (after Lies That Bind), the baker's decision to hire single mother Trish Dvorak leads to serious trouble. When Farringville, N.Y., high school nurse Judy Wilkerson phones Maeve one day, Maeve discovers that she's Trish's emergency contact for Trish's 17-year-old daughter, Taylor, who's sick and wants to go home. Maeve gives permission for Taylor to leave school, but the teen never arrives at home. The police, including Maeve's boyfriend, Det. Chris Larsson, are unable to find a clue to the missing girl's whereabouts. When Wilkerson claims that Maeve refused to pick up Taylor, Maeve decides to look for Taylor herself. Her sleuthing leads to good-looking soccer coach David Barnham, who's too close to the girl players; a trio of high school boys on police radar; and Taylor's wealthy father, who refuses to acknowledge his daughter. Maeve's investigative style consists mostly of blunders, and she behaves in erratic ways that don't add up to a convincing whole.
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