On her 21st birthday, Cate Flores finds the courage to flee her life with nothing but a trash bag of belongings and a black eye.
A help-wanted ad brings her to the Coastal Wildlife Rescue Center on Gull Island, where her dream of training to be a veterinarian seems possible. She’s finally found a safe place that feels like home, and the people there become family. Life couldn’t be better… and then on a warm September night, she disappears, never to be seen or heard from again.
Four years later, journalist Frankie O’Farrell—who’s hiding from her own demons—arrives on Gull Island to do a story on the rescue center. While looking through photo albums, she spots one of Cate and is immediately taken with the pure joy radiating from the girl. When told about Cate’s disappearance, Frankie becomes obsessed with figuring out what happened. But someone doesn’t want her to find Cate.
As the investigation brings Frankie closer to the truth, she receives threats to her life. Can she face her own devastating secret and risk everything to uncover the secret someone is desperate to keep buried?More info →
Frankie O’Farrell tracked down one missing woman, but can she do it again?
Frankie is finishing up a book tour for her successful true crime novel, when Aaron Walker approaches her, pleading for her help in finding his wife and daughter, who both disappeared two years ago. Frankie doesn’t want to give Aaron false hope, but the more she investigates, the more she’s convinced his wife and daughter didn’t leave of their own free will.
The search takes Frankie to a small Florida town where one woman was murdered and another is now missing, and where everyone seems to be harboring a secret. Suspects abound and so do the threats to Frankie’s life. Evidence is pointing to a budding serial killer in Crystal River, but is the same person also responsible for Quinn’s and Gracie’s disappearance? Frankie’s gut says yes.
Can Frankie uncover the truth about the missing and murdered women? And will this lead her to answers about Quinn and Gracie? Or will closing in on the killer make Frankie the next target?