Morgan and Jonathan Cleary desperately want a baby, but a miscarriage nearly shatters Morgan. Ironically, it's Lisa Jackson, wife of Jonathan's fiercest opponent in a mayoral race, who may have some words of wisdom to help them cope. But Lisa disappears, and evidence leads police chief Matthew Cade to suspect foul play.
The little island of Cape Refuge is again embroiled in a murder investigation, on top of a hotly contested mayoral race. Blair Owens, Morgan's sister and owner of the town's newspaper, begins sleuthing on her own when astonishing evidence lands on her doorstep. The deeper Matthew and Blair dig, the more suspects turn up. Then a local psychic tips police as to where to find the body, and a media frenzy ensues. Where is God in all this, and who really killed Lisa?
Blackstock keeps us guessing until the end. She is in top form, piling on action and complications for characters she makes us care deeply about. A riveting read. (Sep., 368 pp., $12.99)
Jill Elizabeth Nelson