Bauer delivers an emotional ride readers won’t soon forget. The novel’s setting, a small village where everyone knows everyone, is reminiscent of a cozy mystery, but the story is anything but cozy. There’s a murder to be solved, but it’s the characters who grab center stage, not the investigation. The story easily holds the reader’s attention from start to end, but the somewhat slow pace keeps this very good book from being a great read. This thoughtful tale concludes with a staggering punch.