Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town — the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there’s always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another woman has disappeared without a trace.
It is to this backdrop that Lilly Martin returns to close the sale of her mountain cabin, marking the end of her turbulent eight-year marriage to Dutch Burton, Cleary’s chief of police. Dutch’s reluctance to let her go isn’t Lilly’s only obstacle. As she’s trying to outrun a snowstorm, her car skids on the icy road and strikes a man who emerges from the woods on foot. She recognizes the injured man as Ben Tierney, whom she’d met the previous summer. They’re forced to wait out the storm in the cabin, but as the hours of their confinement mount, Lilly begins to wonder if the greatest danger to her safety isn’t the blizzard outside, but the mysterious man right beside her.
Is Ben Tierney the feared abductor? Or is he who he claims to be…her rescuer from harm and from the tragedy that haunts her?
The town of Cleary may be a small town but it is full of secrets. Deep down dirty secrets.
This book brings out many emotions in the reader: Confusion, Anger, Shock, Heartache, Anxiety, Love, Annoyance.. This book has it all.
Dutch and Wes are high school best friends with their own secrets and agendas..
Lilly finds herself trapped in a cabin with a man she thinks is a killer.
Then you have the arrogant FBI agents that know they out rank a little small town police chief and have no problem point that out.
5 women have gone missing… Nothing connects them to each other…and there is nothing similar in the women themselves.
I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read more by this author.