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Now a New York Times bestseller

An unfathomable loss or an unthinkable crime? #1 
New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag keeps you guessing in her most harrowing thriller yet.
When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he's ever seen. Genevieve's seven-year-old son, KJ, has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well. Meanwhile, Nick's wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the devastation this woman is going through, but as a detective she's troubled: Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind?
When KJ's sometimes babysitter, twelve-year-old Nora Florette, is reported missing the very next day, the town fears a maniac is preying on their children. With pressure mounting from a tough, no-nonsense new sheriff, the media, and the parents of Bayou Breaux, Nick and Annie dig deep into the dual mysteries. Is someone from Genevieve's past or present responsible for the death of her son? Is Nora a victim, or something worse? Then everything changes when Genevieve’s past as a convicted criminal comes to light. Could she have killed her own child to free herself from the burden of motherhood, or is the loss of her beloved boy pushing her to the edge of insanity? Could she have something to do with the disappearance of Nora, or is the troubled teen the key to the murder? How far will Nick and Annie have to go to uncover the dark truth of the boy?

Mysteries & Thrillers
December 31
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Firemanret88 ,


A great read I do like a bit of crime and a bit of love!!!
Could not put this book down AND when I had to put it down could not wait to get back to it. I am 87 years young, no
longer able to drive so my happy days are reading!!!!!!
Thank you for brightening my days. God Bless!!

Leona Ellis Ashton

Julie from WI ,


Couldn’t put it down! Gripping til the end!

Minerva's Daughter ,

Not happy with this one

I generally like Tammy Hoag’s writing. but this book did nothing but annoy me. I can’t stand her main character the detective. He does not follow the law he does not follow the constitution and it’s constantly violating peoples rights. We are supposed to think this is OK because his intention is good to solve the murder of a child. Sorry I am not buying it. This is nothing but thug behavior from a rogue cop. Any cop who keeps intimidating witnesses and enters homes to conduct illegal warrantless searches is not someone to be admired. Any cop who does that needs to be fired on the spot. This is absolutely a reflection of the fact that there is no accountability for illegal police behavior in this country and that the constitution means nothing to many of them. I do not admire the fact that the author is trying to glorify this behavior.

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