I was always looking for excitement, until I found some…
Summer, 1979. A dry, hot Northern California school
vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty, the daughters
of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful)
detective father and the mother whose heart he broke.
When we first meet her, Patty is eleven, a gangly
kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister. Rachel is obsessed with making up stories and believes she possesses
the gift of knowing what’s in the minds of people around her. She has visions,
whether she wants to or not. Left to their own devices, the sisters spend their
days studying record jackets, concocting elaborate fantasies about the
mysterious neighbor who moved in down the street, and playing dangerous games
on the mountain that looms behind their house.
When young women start turning up dead on the
mountain, the girls’ father is put in charge of finding the murderer known as
the “Sunset Strangler.” Watching her father’s life slowly unravel as months
pass and more women are killed, Rachel embarks on her most dangerous game yet,
using herself as bait to catch the killer. But rather than cracking the case,
the consequences of Rachel’s actions will destroy her father’s career and alter
forever the lives of everyone she loves.
Thirty years later, still haunted by the belief
that the killer remains at large, Rachel constructs a new strategy to smoke out
the Sunset Strangler and vindicate her father, a plan that unexpectedly
unearths a long-buried family secret.
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