An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from Emily Littlejohn, the author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.
"Recommend to fans of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels." Booklist
On a bright Saturday in early spring, Detective Gemma Monroe responds to a missing person call at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. With its sapphire waters and abundance of wildflowers, the lake is a popular camping destination in the summer. But for now, ice still grips the lake and snow buries the flowers.
When Gemma arrives at the shore, she meets three friends who have been camping there: the fourth of their group, Sari Chesney, has disappeared in the night without a trace. Sari is an assistant curator at the local museum, which is set to host a gala that night—a project she’s worked on for months and would never intentionally miss. As Gemma begins to understand the complex dynamics of the supposedly close-knit friendship group, she realizes that more than one person is lying to her—and that the beautiful, still waters of Lost Lake may hide more terrible secrets . . .
The disappearance of Sari Chesney, the assistant curator at Colorado's Cedar Valley History Museum, from a remote camping site kick-starts Littlejohn's gripping third mystery featuring Det. Gemma Moore (after 2017's A Season to Lie). With a large fundraising gala coming up, Sari's friends insist she wouldn't have just vanished. But when Gemma investigates at the museum, she learns that a valuable historical diary has gone missing as well and the gala is followed up with the murder of Sari's boss. Gemma and her partner, Finn Nowlin, can't agree on whether the cases are linked or not in fact, the two can't agree on much of anything. And when the police chief orders Gemma to also find out who on the department is leaking information to the press, an even bigger wedge is driven between the two detectives, as each suspects the other. Still, they must unite in their quest to chase down a killer. Though the killer's motives may strain credulity, lyrical prose, a well-paced plot, and intriguing characters make this entry a winner.