For the past decade, Sayre Hoyle Lynch has avoided all contact with her noxiously overbearing family. But news of her younger brother Danny's apparent suicide forces her to return home. Feeling guilty for not returning Danny's phone call before his death, Sayre soon learns that a local police officer is asking questions regarding his demise. Did Danny really commit suicide or was he murdered?

Despite her distaste for everything associated with Hoyle Enterprises, Sayre is intrigued by legal counsel Beck Merchant. Beck is smart and quite attractive, but in Sayre's mind he's sold his soul to her father. Deadly secrets and old grudges are finally coming home to roost in the Hoyles' backyard.

Atmospheric and darkly intense, this twisted family saga crackles with anger and passion. Brown has a real gift for creating characters and situations that are alive with mystery and intrigue. (Aug., 432 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith