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Publisher Description

To save a missing girl, he’ll have to confront his dark past. A past that means to kill him…

Drifter Adam Rutledge left his Appalachian hometown for good nearly two decades ago. In all those years, he has never forgotten how helpless he felt when his best friend was abducted. And Cold Springs has never forgotten its mistrust of the orphaned boy who drew heartache like a lightning rod.

Now a strange dream sends Adam back to Cold Springs, to Jennifer Jane Tulley—the only friend who still believes in him—and to the discovery that another innocent has been taken. Adam may have been helpless before, but this time, JJ convinces him, is different. This time they can save the child.

To find the missing girl, they must solve the riddle of Adam’s tragic past. But when their efforts reveal Adam’s deepest, darkest secret, the visions he has spent a lifetime burying are unleashed. While he struggles to maintain his sanity, JJ fights to keep him alive, to protect Adam from himself and from the madman watching them from the shadows. Watching, and waiting… 

Prodigal is the first book in the Dead Hollow supernatural suspense trilogy. If you like crime thrillers with authentic characters, evocative settings, and a dash of paranormal, you’ll love this haunting series.

Buy Prodigal to unlock the mysteries of Dead Hollow today!


The fear returns in Prodigal.

Twenty years ago, children began disappearing from rural Beecham County: a boy on a camping trip, a girl walking home from school…And then it stopped.

Very slowly—month by month, year by year—children began to feel safe again, and parents began to sleep through the night.

Until now.

Adam Rutledge, who’s spent his life adrift since losing his childhood friend to a man in the shadows, finds himself drawn back to Beecham County when another girl disappears. But to stop the unknown predator, Adam must reveal his deepest, darkest secret and embark on a path that may cost him his sanity… and his life.

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 14
Judy K. Walker
Judy Walker

Customer Reviews

PushpushStable ,


We've all had a moment when we knew the next comment before it was spoken. Most of us brush aside the thought "how did I know that", but what if there is more to understand?This is a tense, well written novel of characters who discover how to live with the unbelievable.

stingiestmanintown ,


Judy Walker does it again, with rich characters and a series of plot turns that kept me going until I was out of pages. This is a fabulous foray into the supernatural, with plenty of mystery about our leads' family histories. Details were fed in such tantalizing bites that I can't wait for more. I reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy.

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