A Boston area librarian’s love for her best friend’s child holds out the best hope for sustaining her otherwise disastrous life.
Hester Thursby lives with her veterinarian boyfriend, Morgan, and Kate, his twin sister Daphne’s child. Every day, Hester pretends to drop Kate at school on the way to her job at Harvard University, but it’s been a month since she’s done either. After almost dying while using her research skills to find a missing person (Little Comfort, 2018), she’s become unnaturally fearful about Kate’s safety since Daphne, her closest friend, walked out of their lives. Meanwhile, a group of friends on a Maine island are dealing with a love triangle, missing children, and drugs. Luckless Finisterre Island police officer Rory Dunbar is in love with his childhood friend, Lydia, whose husband, a state cop, is unfaithful and possibly crooked. Added to that dynamic is Annie, who’s squatting in a deserted Victorian house beloved of drug addicts and other lost souls. Lydia’s son, Oliver, disappears, and after Rory finds him asleep on a boat, a whispering campaign claims that he took the boy himself so he could play the hero. Next to go missing just as a powerful storm arrives is Ethan, the 4-year-old son of drug addict Frankie Sullivan. When Lydia and her friend and lover, Vaughn Roberts, are swept into a raging ravine while searching for Ethan, Annie volunteers to be lowered on a rope to help save them. Overwhelmed by events, Annie texts Hester, who leaves with Kate for Finisterre, where Daphne’s nowhere to be found. Hester, uncertain whom to trust, risks her relationship and her life as her search for Daphne uncovers dangerous secrets.
A conflicted protagonist battles formidable opponents in a bid for a normal life.