When 17-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death....
Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the 10th anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: "What about justice for Sara?" What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there’s a killer out there who was never caught.
But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting - and dying - for.
Best-selling author Erica Spindler returns with a chilling new suspense novel about a woman who goes home 10 years after her sister's murder to find the true killer.
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Too much sappiness.
Probably if they like romances. If they prefer straight good story and mystery, without the sappy trembling female, no.
The story was compelling in that there were so many suspects, I wanted to find out which one did it. I really like Erica Spindler's mysteries and was excited that she had a new one out. Therefore, the disappointment was that she seemed to be back to her romance days, with the female victim/strong woman/always walking into the dark alley/talented/misunderstood/etc. There was a full cast of characters, all seeming to have as many motives as the crews in a Christie novel. That part was fun and I changed my mind frequently about who I expected to be the real perps.
I liked her portrayals of all the characters except the heroine. She "trembled" every time she talked or "fell into the arms" of her beau, who is, of course, the policeman. The trembles and creaky voices made Kat seem whiny and the opposite of a strong heroine. Her portrayal of the other characters gave them more substance.
Probably would not go see the movie, since I now know the story.
- Shelly H.