An electrifying, page-turning debut about a young woman haunted by her tragic past who returns to her hometown and discovers the secrets her mother went to her grave trying to uncover.
Augusta (Gus) Monet is living an aimless existence with her grifter boyfriend when she learns that her great grandmother—her last living relative—has just died. Ditching her boyfriend, Gus returns to the home she left as a young girl. Her inheritance turns out to be a dilapidated house and an old dog named Levi. While combing through her great grandmother’s possessions, Gus stumbles across an old trunk filled with long-lost childhood belongings, as well as cold case files that belonged to her mother, a disgraced police detective who died in a car accident when Gus was eight—documents and photographs she remembers her mother obsessing over.
When Gus spots a front-page news story about the unearthing of a body linked to one of the files from her childhood trunk, she can’t resist following her mother’s clues. Determined to finish her mother’s investigation, Gus’s search leads her to a deserted ghost town, which was abandoned when the residents fled after a horrific fire. As Gus’s obsession with the case grows, she inadvertently stirs up the evils of the past, putting her life in danger. But Gus is undeterred and is committed to uncovering long-buried secrets, including those surrounding a missing geology student, a young ballerina, a prominent family’s devastating legacy, and a toxic blast that blew an entire town off the map.
|But is Gus ready to learn the truths that culminated on one terrible August night, more than a decade earlier, when lives were taken, and secrets were presumed buried forever?|