A teacher pursues the ugly truth behind a student’s mysterious death in this “superbly crafted and well-paced crime story” from a Shamus Award winner (Florida Times-Union).
When one of her students is found dead, English teacher Lillian Turner refuses to believe it was a suicide—even though Sheneel Greene had a history of trying to take her own life. As the investigation develops, Lillian and her husband, skip tracer and Navy war veteran Johnny Bellefleur, are increasingly drawn in. And when Johnny makes a macabre discovery that proves his wife right, they find themselves caught in something darker and far more dangerous than they could have imagined.
Their marriage begins to crack under the strain as Johnny is plunged back into the psychological trauma of his military service. Lillian’s brother, homicide detective Daniel Turner, warns them to stay away from the case. But why is Daniel so eager to sweep the conflicting evidence surrounding Sheneel’s death under the rug? Perhaps he knows more than he’s letting on—namely, how the dead girl was connected to one of Jacksonville’s most powerful and rapacious clans. And most importantly of all—whether Lillian can trust her own brother.
“Second Skin has a powerful literary dimension . . . Do I like, admire and even cherish this book? Indeed I do.” —Florida Weekly
“Long before the curtain comes down, Lillian won’t know who on Earth she can trust, and neither will you.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Wiley tosses several surprises in along the way to the tense conclusion. The book’s strength lies in its insights into the well-developed characters.” —Publishers Weekly