Lippman, the author of the award-winning Tess Monaghan, P.I. series, may be in line for more awards for this stand-alone novel, a powerful tale of two young girls and the crimes in which they may be involved.

The events surrounding the disappearance of infant Olivia Barnes aren't clear. Fifth-graders Ronnie Fuller and Alice Manning were walking home when they found the baby in an unattended carriage in front of a home. After their knocks on the door failed to elicit a response, they took Olivia to keep her safe. The baby later was found dead, and Ronnie and Alice were held responsible, serving seven years in juvenile detention. Now, after they're released at 18, a toddler goes missing, and Ronnie and Alice are the prime suspects.

Lippman deeply involves readers with those affected by the crimes—the families of the victims and the suspects, the investigators, the attorneys and, of course, the suspects themselves. Emotion runs high as Lippman's plot unfolds, and the story and characters will captivate the reader from the opening scene to the stunning conclusion. (Sep., 388 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jo Peters