Lila Nash, Joe Talbert's beloved girlfriend from the USA Today-bestseller The Life We Bury and Mulholland's own The Shadows We Hide, takes the lead for the first time in this thrilling new mystery, as she races to outsmart a ruthless serial killer and to escape the dark hold of her own past.
Lila Nash has landed her dream job-working as a prosecutor under the Hennepin County Attorney--and has finally settled into a happy life with her reporter boyfriend, Joe Talbert. But when a new case crosses her desk, things take a surprisingly personal turn. Sadie Vauk has been pulled from the Mississippi River, barely alive. The police have a hunch her attacker might be local photographer Gavin Spenser, but they're having a tough time finding evidence.
The police, of course, are right, but Gavin knows they can't prove it. He's been enjoying his unusual pastime for years, safe in the knowledge that his planning is foolproof. So when Sadie escapes his grasp, he's delighted by the new challenge. He knows they'll never get him behind bars.
Lila became a prosecutor to find justice for women like Sadie. She too had suffered an attack eight years before, one that had almost claimed her life. But battling a new boss-one that hasn't forgotten that years before Lila cost him a judgeship--and haunted by own traumatic memories, the clock is ticking. Could unraveling Sadie's case help Lila find the truth of her own? And will she have time to crack the case before she's out of a job? In a race against a villainous mastermind, it will take everything Lila's got to reveal the truth-and keep herself out of a killer's grasp, too.