'A man can only take so much pretty walking back and forth in front of him.'
When nineteen-year-old Wendy White disappears, the small town of Haeden, New York, is shaken to its core. The police are unable to trace the missing waitress; everyone assumes that she has run away. But, six months later, Wendy's tortured body is found in the nearby woods. She has only been dead for a matter of days.
With no one willing to talk, the investigation slows to a halt. But local reporter Stacy Flynn and high school student Alice Piper have their own reasons for finding out what really happened.
The truth behind Wendy's disappearance has a devastating effect on the town: what was once a rural idyll is now the backdrop to murder, violence and revenge.
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A mixture of The Lovely Bones and The Girl with the DragonTattoo - Booklist
A passionately angry ... and shocking book. Cara Hoffman not only discovers the heart of darkness in small town Haeden, but brilliantly dissects it. -
Beautiful ... what begins as the suspenseful story of a rural American murder grows into a dark, disquieting and urgently fascinating examination of the violence and concealment practised by a whole society ... this is an impassioned, intelligent and important work of art. -
Intelligent and gripping stuff - Financial Times
Dark, atmospheric tale of murder in a small-town world. - Stylist
A dark but powerful debut novel ... Hoffman maps the atmosphere of paranoia that descends on the formerly tranquil town as she moves deftly between its inhabitants. - The New Yorker
A skillful, psychologically acute tale of how violence affects a small town - Los Angeles Times
[A] fearless first novel - New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Before becoming a novelist, Cara Hoffman worked as an investigative reporter covering New York State's rural and Rust Belt communities, where she reported on crime. This is her first novel.