Reporter Camille Preaker goes back to her hometown of Wind Gap to investigate the murder of one little girl and the disappearance of another. She stays in her childhood home with her mother, stepfather and half-sister, Amma. Missing is little sister Marian who died as a child. Camille has a contentious relationship with her mother and almost no connection with the rest of the family. On this journey she will come to know her half-sister better although what she discovers will unsettle her. Camille also manages to unearth the murderer’s true identity while busy unwrapping the dark layers of her past.
The author writes about deeply disturbed characters as if she knows them intimately. This is a very dark story that will keep you riveted.