New York Times and USA Today best-selling author
Trust no one. Not your best friend, not your wife, not the police—and certainly not yourself.
Sidney O'Keefe just wants to spend a peaceful weekend alone with his wife and daughter in the vacation paradise of Lake Placid, New York—now that he's been paroled after a ten year stretch in a maximum-security prison.
But any illusion of a peaceful future is destroyed when his eleven-year-old daughter, Chloe, suddenly disappears from the iconic beach scene, leaving Sidney and his wife, Penny, stricken with fear and panic.
When it's determined that his old crime boss, Mickey Rabuffo, might be behind the abduction, it becomes apparent that the past has not only come back to haunt Sidney, but it's come back to kill the entire family. With the village police assuming that Sidney, an ex-con with a history of prison violence, is responsible for his daughter's disappearance, Sidney is left with no choice—he needs to take the law into his own hands—not only to expose the truth about what's developing into a conspiracy of Biblical proportions, but also to render his own particular brand of rough justice.
Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins
Sidney O'Keefe, the unreliable narrator of this engrossing thriller from Thriller Award winner Zandri (The Caretaker's Wife), declares, "I'm lucky to be alive, having survived a ten-year stint in an upstate New York maximum security prison... incarcerated for a quadruple homicide I did not commit." Unexpectedly released on parole, Sidney reunites with his wife, Penny, and their 11-year-old daughter, Chloe, at a resort near Lake Placid, N.Y. "It's a sweet dream come true," he muses, until Chloe goes missing. His first thought is that his former boss, crime lord Mickey Rabuffo, is behind the abduction. The Lake Placid police, however, are convinced that Sidney himself is responsible for the girl's disappearance. He winds up on the run, unsure who's friend or foe. To save himself and his family, Sidney vows to stop at nothing, a decision that leaves him ensnared in a tangled web of death and deceit. How much of what's going on is real or only in Sidney's imagination Zandri leaves tantalizingly unclear. The ambiguity is more likely to please readers than not.