This expertly penned novel continues, from Summer's Child, the story of Lily Malone, who disappeared while pregnant years earlier to escape her abusive husband. Now Lily (formerly Mara Jameson) and her daughter, Rose, have returned to Hubbard's Point, Connecticut, to help Lily's grandmother, Maeve, who's in a coma from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Accompanying Lily is her longtime friend Dr. Liam Neill, who has loved her since he helped with Rose's birth. When Edward arrives, threatening to take Rose from Lily, Lily's old friends and detective Patrick Murphy help thwart him.

With multilayered characters, Rice's latest is realistic. The spousal abuse is intricately woven into the plot, as the author unearths the whys and hows of this too prevalent problem. This gripping novel is yet another great work from a memorable author. (Jun., 323 pp., $23.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick