“Do not think at this moment, Cara Westling.
Concentrate on nothing but saving your life.
You want your daughter to be without a father and a mother?”
Cara Westling, a newcomer to the small town of Payton, Idaho, is grateful she’s landed employment with the highly respected J.L. Larrett. A victim of abuse both from her father and ex-husband, Cara is struggling to build her own self esteem—and a new life for herself and her troubled thirteen-year-old daughter, Riley.
But J.L. Larrett is not the man people think they know.
One week into the job, J.L. forces Cara to do the unthinkable—help hide the body of a woman he’s murdered. If she refuses, she could pay with her life.
If she obeys, the stain on her soul may be more than she can bear.
When Cara Westling's abusive husband leaves her, she starts looking for a fresh start for herself and her teenage daughter Riley. After landing a job in the small town of Payton, Idaho, Cara believes she has found her new beginning. But 13-year-old Riley is the target of taunts and ridicule at school, and, only one week into her new job, Cara's boss, well-respected financial advisor J.L. Larrett, ends up with a dead body in his office and makes Cara his unwilling accomplice in hiding it. To complicate matters, J.L. pays for Riley to attend the exclusive private school his own daughter attends as a way to keep Cara in his good graces. While being friends with Morgan, J.L.'s daughter, one of the school's most popular girls seems to solve Riley's social problems, Morgan is as cunning as her father, and Riley ends up being her scapegoat when things go wrong at a student party. Though Cara's complacent acquiescence to J.L.'s demands makes her a less-than-sympathetic character, the believable social situations and fast-paced plotting by Collins (Vain Empires) make this an engaging family drama. Cara finally grows a backbone in the 11th hour, but the ending is a bit too happily ever-after to be truly inspirational.