Private investigator Teri is searching for
a battered woman named Valerie and her child. Her leads send her to R.J. Monroe, Valerie's childhood friend who helped
her find refuge at haunted Heartskeep, a woman's shelter. But Valerie has since mysteriously disappeared, leaving the child behind. Teri's secret makes her desperate to find the missing woman, and she needs R.J.'s help, but sharing the truth with him could get her killed. Dani Sinclair's Gothic, Return to Stony Ridge (3), has a spooky plot and a well-matched couple. But an overabundance of secondary characters confuses the story.