From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother's desperate search for a lost boy.
Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son—and herself—once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she'd rewritten.
At the start of this compelling novel of psychological suspense from Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Rader-Day (Little Pretty Things), handwriting analyst Anna Winger agrees to assist the Parks, Ind., sheriff in the hunt for a missing child. She does so reluctantly, since she suspects that the mother was trapped in an abusive marriage and may have escaped with her young son. If that's the case, Anna isn't sure she wants the mother and boy found. Anna knows about living with violence she has been hiding from her abusive boyfriend for years, ever since she learned that she was pregnant and was forced to fake her own death to escape. Anna and her now-teenage son, Joshua, have moved every few years. When Joshua goes missing, Anna must examine everything she thought she knew and confront the demons from her past. Beautiful prose and tack-sharp observations round out this slow-burning but thought-provoking meditation on the ravages of domestic violence.