Carie's novel is about a woman who has been deeply hurt by her husband and tells no one about it. It's a hard subject
to write about, but she does it with care and understanding.
In 1808 St. Louis, Emma Montclaire realizes her husband Eric's angelic looks hide a monstrous soul. Her fairy-tale life has turned into a nightmare. She does not dare confide in anyone, since he's threatened worse to come if she does. When they join an expedition following Lewis and Clark's trail, cartographer Luke Bowen realizes Emma's plight. Is it too late to untangle the web of lies and abuse? (B&H, Feb., 320 pp., $14.99)