The gripping debut that established Lisa Unger, writing as Lisa Miscione, as a novelist to watch.
The childhood murder of Lydia Strong’s mother has turned her into a woman obsessed with bringing brutal killers to justice. The reclusive, bestselling true-crime writer and investigative consultant has made a life out of chasing monsters. And her powerful intuitions rarely fail her. When three adults—loners, drifters—go missing, no one seems to notice except for Lydia. Enlisting the help of her friend, former FBI agent Jeffrey Mark, Lydia starts an investigation of her own. But when someone raises the stakes and goes after Lydia—just as fifteen years ago when she put the FBI on the trail of her mother’s killer—the real hunt begins.
Lydia Strong ran. She ran until her muscles cramped, until her lungs were on fire. She ran until she couldn't run any farther. And then she kept running. She ran like she had something to prove, and would die trying to prove it, if necessary. Down the dirt drive from her home, nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Santa Fe, off onto the rocky path that led past the church in Angel Fire...
Awards and Honors
New York Times Bestseller
"Miscione hits the ground running, quite literally...in her debut novel featuring crime writer Lydia Strong...There's a surreal and nightmarish quality to the story...it remains gripping and terrifying right through the carnage of its final scene."
"A captivating tale."
—The Tampa Tribune
"Taut prose, insidious suspense, psychological motivation, police procedural sidebars, and a would-be lover make this debut a real winner. Don't miss it!"
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Gruesome, gory, baffling, shocking, awesome -- and incredibly suspenseful describe this mystery."
"Remarkable and emotional debut...The touching love story that plays out in the background is refreshing in its sincerity and emotional depth."
—New Mystery Reader Magazine
"Worthy of widespread acclaim. She has the ability to write with great beauty in describing the landscape of this character-rich debut...well recommended."
—Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"An excellent debut novel... A smart, well developed mystery that will leave you hanging on every page as you devour this book... here's a new author on the scene, Lisa Miscione. You don't want to forget this name!"
—Book Review Cafe