Two wounded people find comfort in each other but must navigate family issues, disapproving friends, and violent enemies before they can reach for happiness, yet in the process they form an unexpected community and learn the power of family and forgiveness.
In this sequel to Everything I Left Unsaid (2015), which ended in a cliffhanger, O'Keefe shifts from that book's mysterious eroticism into more action, danger, and suspense. After their sizzling relationship moves from sexual tension to consummation, Annie and Dylan face a slew of problems, including the abusive husband Annie escaped, who’s found her; the legacy of violence in Dylan’s family; the dangerous adversary who has them in his sights; and the ring of friends and neighbors around them who are wary of the intensity of their relationship. However, after years of brutal isolation, Annie is determined to create connections and mine the emotions she’s been forced to shut down. Among the friends she’s made are Ben, Dylan’s estranged father who’s suffering from cancer; Joan, the enigmatic neighbor who might or might not be a Drug Enforcement Administration agent; and Tiffany, the abused wife Annie identifies with but doesn’t trust. Unwilling to abandon Ben, Annie refuses to leave the trailer park she considers her refuge, even to escape to the relative safety of Dylan’s wealth and his mountain compound. But staying in the park puts them all in danger, since old family enemies are on the trail, seeking vengeance and destruction.
O’Keefe weaves a complex, poignant tapestry of character, emotion, and action.