Winner of an Edgar
Award for Best First Novel for Bent Road, Lori Roy returns with Until
She Comes Home, a tale of spellbinding suspense in which murder crumbles the façade of a changing Detroit
In 1958 Detroit, neighbors on Alder Avenue struggle to care
for one another amid a city rife with conflicts that threaten their peaceful
Grace, Alder’s only expectant mother, eagerly awaits her
firstborn; her best friend Julia prepares to welcome twin nieces; and Malina sets
the tone with her stylish dresses, tasteful home, and ironfisted stewardship of
St. Alban’s bake sale.
Life erupts when childlike Elizabeth disappears while in the
care of Grace and Julia. All the ladies fear that the recent murder of a black
woman at the factory on Willingham Avenue where their husbands work may portend
what has become of Elizabeth. They also fear what will become of Julia—the last person to see Elizabeth alive.
The men mount an around-the-clock search, leaving their
families vulnerable to sinister elements hidden in plain sight. Only Grace
knows what happened, but her mother warns her not to tell. “No man wants to
know this about his wife.” Ashamed that her silence puts loved ones in harm’s
way, Grace gravitates toward the women of Willingham Avenue, who recognize her
suffering as their own. Through their acceptance, Grace conquers her fear and
dares to act.
On Alder Avenue, vicious secrets bind friends, neighbors,
and spouses. For the wicked among them, the walk home will be long.
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