Kasey Laughton is in trouble in more ways than one. Losses, betrayal and confusion have combined to make her distrustful, too tough and secretly self-destructive. When she finds herself on the mind of a sadistic killer, her life is spun around drastically by old friends, quick events and the appearance of Gina Cessario, an FBI agent with secrets of her own.
Kasey Laughton – Kasey Laughton knows all about the concept of tragedy. After losing most of her family, and feeling betrayed by those she trusted, she’s descended into the only place she feels safe. Distrustful, sarcastic and sometimes self-destructive, she plays to the extremes, unable to tell who she can talk to and who she can’t. She talks tough and acts tougher.
When she’s targeted by a ruthless killer, Kasey has no choice but to find someone to trust, and quickly, before she winds up on a road she can’t come back from. In the process she remembers who she was, learns how to reach for what she wants, and struggles to find her unique definition of redemption.
Gina Cessario – Gina Cessario is obsessed with tracking down a killer she believes has murdered similar-looking people in several big cities. When she hears of another possible link, she races to Martin’s Bluff to assist in any way she can. When her own secrets come out, she’s forced to abandon her usual methods and instead finds herself stuck like glue to Kasey Laughton, the woman who appears to be next on the killer’s hit list.
While dealing with the disruptions in her own life, Gina ends up being the only person who can pull Kasey back to center, which proves to be no easy task. As the endgame comes closer, Gina has to decide where she really belongs, and her obsession changes from who she wants dead to who she wants to live.
Justin Rangley – Rangley has been Kasey’s protector since childhood, until a series of events and misunderstandings got in the way. Now as Sheriff he finds himself desperate to once again protect someone who isn’t always interested in being saved.
Lisa Bolin – Lisa Bolin is not only Kasey Laughton’s last living relative. She’s also one of the few people Kasey still relates to. Known for her sweetness and universally loved throughout town, Lisa is a gateway to the normal life Kasey doesn’t even know she wants. She’s far more than just the queen of “hot chocolate and raisin’ wildflowers.” Her main desire is to get back the niece she loves so much.
When Lisa gets caught up in a killer’s games, she serves as the catalyst for the final fight that will end a town’s terror, one way or another.