Scandal caused Sarah Whitman to leave her hometown as a small child. Her father had disappeared, amidst rumors that he had embezzled from the bank where he worked. The shame lead Sarah's mother to kill herself, and Sarah left the judgmental Maine townspeople behind.

One phone call 20 years later thrusts Sarah back into the past. Her father's body has been found in a locker at the bottom of a lake. It now appears he was murdered all those years ago. This discovery rekindles Sarah's initiative to prove his innocence.

In Chicago, Tony DeMarco hears about the discovery of Franklin Whitman's body. Franklin had been the first person to give him a break during his youth, but when the time came to return the favor by helping Franklin's daughter, Tony believes he failed. Determined to rectify the situation, he heads to Maine.

All is as Sarah remembers in Maine. Not only does she not receive a warm reception, it becomes quickly apparent that someone doesn't want her to succeed at proving her father's innocence. Tony's arrival complicates things as he seems always there to help and refuses to let her drown in her anger and sorrow.

Once again, Sharon Sala does a first-rate job at blending richly developed characters and inspired plotting into an unforgettable read. (Nov., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson