In the Idaho wilderness, a woman comes across a child about to be murdered and distracts the would-be killers, a courageous act that destroys her life and piques the interest of two powerful men determined to find—and have—her.
Trying to get back to her artistic roots and reconnect to the land where she spent her childhood, Taylor Summers takes a break from her successful interior design business and travels to Idaho. Hidden by trees while sketching, she's startled when a group of kidnappers parks nearby to discuss the imminent murder of a child they drag from the trunk. Horrified, Taylor throws a bundle of sketches into the wind, hoping to distract them and draw attention away from the child so he can escape, then hides out in a cave until she feels the coast is clear. Once she resurfaces, she sneaks into a nearby home to get in touch with the authorities, only to discover that she's the main suspect in the kidnapping and, since her rental car exploded, she is assumed dead. Shaken, she retreats into the mountains, surviving the winter by first breaking into vacation homes for food and supplies, then creating a new under-the-radar identity that allows her to take odd catering jobs. At a party, she discovers the identity of the mastermind behind the kidnapping, then witnesses him kill a colleague, forcing her to disappear again, to resurface in Virtue Falls, Washington, and become part of the close-knit town. Soon both the killer and his archenemy—the mysterious entrepreneur Kennedy McManus, uncle to the kidnapped boy—track her down, and she becomes an unwilling player in a dangerous game. Bestselling author Dodd returns to Virtue Falls in this twisty, suspenseful novel that is at times improbable—the characters’ choices sometimes don’t make complete sense—but always compelling and gripping. Taylor’s connections to two mesmerizing men ratchet the tension as much as the hard-driving action, and revisiting the fascinating Kateri from Virtue Falls is a highlight.
Taut and enthralling, with romantic and supernatural embellishments that intensify the drama.