The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis when they investigate a grisly double homicide and uncover an even more unspeakable motive in this riveting thriller from the bestselling master of suspense.
Los Angeles is a city of sunlight, celebrity, and possibility. But for Milo and Alex, it's a city of the dead. Early one morning, the two of them find themselves in a neighborhood of pretty houses, pretty cars, and pretty people. The scene they encounter is anything but. A naked young man lies dead in the street, the apparent victim of a collision with a van hurtling through suburbia in the darkness. But any thoughts of an accident vanish when a blood trail leads to a nearby home.
Inside, a young woman lies butchered. Adding to the shock, Alex has met her while working a convoluted child custody case. Cordelia Gannett was a self-styled internet influencer who’d gotten into legal troubles by palming herself off as a psychologist. Even after promising to desist, she’s found a loophole and has continued amassing clicks and ads by cyber-counseling people plagued with relationship issues.
But upon closer examination, Alex and Milo discover that her own relationships are troublesome, including a tortured family history and a dubious past. Has that come back to haunt her in the worst way? Is the mystery man out in the street collateral damage, or will he turn out to be the key to solving a grisly double homicide?
Story Locale: Los Angeles and Ojai, California
Publication History: Ballantine HC (2/22)