At twenty-two, Sylvie Carson has known a lifetime’s worth of
trouble. When she was a child, her baby brother was shot to death by a man
named Preacher Eli. Orphaned in her teens, Sylvie is now raising her own baby
with no partner in sight. For all these reasons, Leah Teal, the only police detective in Alvin, Alabama, tries to be patient when Sylvie calls the station day and
night, always with some new false alarm. But now, Preacher Eli is out of prison
and moving back to town.
As far as the law is concerned, the old man has paid his
dues, although Leah’s twelve-year-old son, Abe, vehemently disagrees. Between
that and his relentless curiosity about the daddy he hardly knew, Abe’s
imagination is running wild. While Leah struggles with how much of the past to
reveal to Abe, she’s also concerned about Sylvie’s mounting panic. Something in
her gut tells her the girl might be a target after all. For as Leah knows well,
there’s danger not just in the secrets others keep from us but in the lies that
corrupt from within. It’s a hunch that will be tested soon enough as tensions
on both sides mount.
Evoking the South with depth and grace, Michael Hiebert’s
poignant, gripping novel captures the strength wrought by heartache and lost
innocence—and the transformative power of forgiveness, wherever it comes. Download and start listening now!