A warning for all Barbieri fans: This book is not her typical story. Instead, she takes readers on a dark ride through the life of an abuse survivor. This in-depth look at the daily thoughts and feelings of the heroine is intriguing. The story hooks readers until the shocking end. This reviewer is looking forward to more from this talented author.

Dealing with her failing business, two teenage daughters, a frustrating ex-husband and her ailing father takes a toll on Maeve Conlon. Triggered by the unexpected murder of her cousin Sean, her childhood tormentor, Maeve examines the inner damage that she’s kept to herself for as long as she can remember. People are asking why she’s not upset over Sean’s death; she tries to look sad, but she’s relieved he’s gone. As her ever-forgetful 80-year-old father is questioned repeatedly by the police, Maeve tries to find his alibi since he cannot remember where he was when the murder occurred. Will she be able to put the past behind her to save her family? (MINOTAUR, Dec., 304 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jennifer Wilson