Nina Madder has few good memories in connection with her hometown of Stone River, Maryland. Upon her mother’s death, she was sent there to be raised by her father and not so sweet stepmother. Years later her college professor father is found guilty of murdering and raping several young coeds. With his case still on appeal he dies in a prison accident and young Nina flees town.
Now, Nina is living in New York City and making a name for herself in the publishing industry. When a phone call comes alerting her of her stepmother’s death she is forced to return to the town she only wanted to forget. After receiving two letters addressed to her and her stepmother it seems she may need to extend her stay. If her father’s words are true it seems that someone else may have had reason to make him look guilty all those years ago.
Wes Powell is still an officer on duty in this small town and he’s sure they sent the right person to prison. A copy of the letters Nina provides does little to alter his feelings until another young woman’s body is found. She was murdered in much the same fashion as the previous Stone River murders. His own conscience will drive him to risk his job and join forces with Nina to discover the truth.
Once again true crime writer Regan Landry will play a role in Stewart’s trilogy. Fans will find themselves trying to read slower this time around in order to savor the last paperback release in Stewart's popular series. It will be another full year before the much anticipated hardback conclusion. Alas the only bright side to this wait is a chance to catch up on my sleep from the long nights I’ve spent devouring Stewart’s latest gift to readers.