When nineteen-year-old local waitress, Wendy White, disappears, the small town of Haeden, New York, is shaken to its core. Nothing like this has ever happened in this rural idyll and the police make little headway with the case, assuming that Wendy most likely ran away. But, six months later, Wendy's tortured body is found in the nearby woods. And she has only been dead a matter of days...Local reporter, Stacy Flynn, desperate for a big story, kws that Wendy's case could be her big break. But, with little help from the local police, she's forced to investigate alone - though one in the town is willing to talk about it. Told from various perspective's - Wendy's, Stacy's and high school student Alice's - this compelling tale of murder, revenge and violence builds slowly and eerily to a shocking and unforgettable conclusion.
Before becoming a novelist, Cara Hoffman worked as an investigative reporter covering New York State's rural and Rust Belt communities, where she reported on crime. This is her first novel.