Sarah Miller enjoys teaching in the small town of Sanctuary, a place of relative peace and something she desperately needs after a tragedy from her childhood haunts her most of her life. She is also excited to reconnect with her sister and get to know her young niece better. However, when tragedy strikes again, Sarah is thrust back into her past, facing the memories and fears once more. Paul Gleason, the local sheriff, admires Sarah’s strong spirit and vows to help her in any way possible. In an attempt to uncover mysteries and questions unanswered, they dig into old secrets that prefer to be kept hidden. It is not long before decades of deceit come to light, but those who wish to cover the lies will do anything to stop Paul and Sarah from discovering the truth.
This novel has non-stop action that kept my attention from page one. The characters possess such an interesting and believable depth that I felt as if I was truly getting to know them on a richer level. The thought provoking themes of forgiveness and peace are well integrated into the fast-paced mystery and suspense of the novel. Sarah’s courage but also her realistic and humanistic insecurities create a story that has significant depth. The ending is surprising and not predictable, which makes the plot exciting and interesting. Although they do not need to be read consecutively, both the first novel in this series and this book are fantastic reads and I eagerly await the next in the series. A highly recommended modern thriller with a dash of seamlessly integrated romance!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review