Lea Hardy will do whatever it takes to save her brother Ted's life. Since the brutal death of their parents 20 years before, they only have each other. Now Ted is in jail and sentenced to death for the murder of his ex-wife and two daughters. Lea knows he didn't do it; she also knows he is doing nothing to help his own defense and that it will take money she doesn't have to help.
The only answer is to sell their family home—the site where their parents died. A lot of work needs to be done to prepare the house for selling, but Lea's determined to do what she must to save her brother.
Ready to help is handsome neighbor Mick Conklin, who was also Lea's childhood crush. With a rebellious teenage daughter who seems to be slipping further away from him, Mick and Lea find each has the ability to help the other and at the same time find romance.
But many people in Stonybrook may have had reasons for wanting Ted's wife dead. As Lea and Mick work on the house, they find themselves being stalked and terrorized by someone who knows what could get Ted out of jail. The more they look into the matter, the more they become targets themselves.
In an interesting style of storytelling, where pieces of the past are speckled throughout the tale, Ms. Coffey—actually the husband and wife writing team of Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick—lead us to the truth by allowing readers to see how these characters have gotten where they are. (Jul., 400 pp., $6.50)