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Love, affection, and affluence define the seemingly close-knit Adler clan.
Though the family members reside in New England and beyond, patriarch and successful engineer Rick Adler, with his devoted wife, Kat, see to it—through lavish parties, fun festivities, and hearty Sunday dinners at their Barrington, Rhode Island home—that everyone stays linked and in touch with one another.
One night, all of their happiness is shattered when Rick
Adler dies unexpectedly...
Miles away in Providence, after closing yet another difficult case, the lives of Detectives Stephen Bennett and Porscha Councill have begun to settle, though life-altering changes are at the helm. Bennett and his wife, Jen, are expecting a new addition and their daughter's return while Councill mulls over some new developments—one featuring Long Beach detective Andre Hernandez—and other future possibilities of her own.
Everything is put on hold when Wayne Jacobs, Rick’s half-brother, accuses the widowed Kat Adler of murder and personally asks Bennett to get to the truth behind his brother's demise.
The accusation seems little more than a family squabble.
Until the first body turns up.
Soon, Bennett and Councill find themselves thrust beneath skeletons and scandal.
And digging for their lives.
The well-meaning and meddlesome Mr. and Mrs. Aden want nothing more than to protect their only daughter, Hannah. After her childhood kidnapping in Somalia and a final showdown in Italy against the monster responsible, 19-year-old Hannah just wants back the life stolen from her.
She isn’t naïve like her mother believes. Frequent flashes of past terrors assure her that the healing process is far from over. At the same time, she’d hardly use her dad’s words and call herself "strong" or "brave". That description belongs to Melissa Bennett, the woman who almost died saving her.
Melissa doesn’t feel much like the hero she’s being hailed. While she is glad to have saved a life for once, the one she’d almost taken continues to haunt her dreams and stall her recovery. Despite her good deed and continuous help from friends and family abroad, and Kyle—the father of her little girl—she knows her days of freedom are numbered.
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