Instant national bestseller Nathan Ripley follows up the success of Find You in the Dark with another suspenseful page-turner—this time about a woman whose notorious father died when she was a child, but whose legacy comes back to haunt her.
Blanche Potter never expected to face her past again—but she can’t escape it.
Blanche, an up-and-coming filmmaker, has distanced herself in every way she can from her father, the notorious killer and cult leader, Chuck Varner. In 1996, when she was a small child, he went on a shooting spree before turning the gun on himself.
Now, Blanche learns that her mother has been murdered. She returns to her childhood home, where she soon discovers there’s more to the death than police are willing to reveal. The officer who’s handling the case is holding information back, and a journalist who’s nosing around the investigation is taking an unusual interest in Blanche’s family.
Blanche begins to suspect that Chuck Varner’s cult has found a new life, and that her mother’s murder was just the beginning of the cult’s next chapter.
Then another killing occurs.
In the prologue to this engrossing novel from Ripley (Find You in the Dark), Chuck Varner, the leader of the Your Life Is Mine cult, walks into a Stilford, Calif., mall one day in 1996 with Blanche, his seven-year-old daughter, and a handgun. Chuck tells Blanche to go home to her mother, Crissy, then he embarks on a shooting spree that ends with him killing himself. Twenty years later, Blanche is living under a new name in Los Angeles, where she works as a documentary filmmaker. The past comes back with a vengeance when Crissy, from whom she's been estranged for years, is shot to death. Blanche returns to Stilford, where the police officer she asks about Crissy's case gives her evasive answers. When Blanche does her own digging, she discovers Crissy was murdered by one of Chuck's followers with the purpose of luring Blanche home. The members of her father's resurgent cult want Blanche to be part of it. The tension builds as the action drives to the dramatic climax. Fans of dark thrillers will be satisfied.