Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master
Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered.