Winner of an EdgarAward for Best First Novel for Bent Road, Lori Roy returns with UntilShe Comes Home, a tale of spellbinding suspense in which murder crumbles the façade of a changing Detroitneighborhood.
In 1958 Detroit, neighbors on Alder Avenue struggle to carefor one another amid a city rife with conflicts that threaten their peacefulstreet.
Grace, Alder’s only expectant mother, eagerly awaits herfirstborn; her best friend Julia prepares to welcome twin nieces; and Malina setsthe tone with her stylish dresses, tasteful home, and ironfisted stewardship ofSt. Alban’s bake sale.
Life erupts when childlike Elizabeth disappears while in thecare of Grace and Julia. All the ladies fear that the recent murder of a blackwoman at the factory on Willingham Avenue where their husbands work may portendwhat 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 theirfamilies vulnerable to sinister elements hidden in plain sight. Only Graceknows what happened, but her mother warns her not to tell. “No man wants toknow this about his wife.” Ashamed that her silence puts loved ones in harm’sway, Grace gravitates toward the women of Willingham Avenue, who recognize hersuffering as their own. Through their acceptance, Grace conquers her fear anddares to act.
On Alder Avenue, vicious secrets bind friends, neighbors,and spouses. For the wicked among them, the walk home will be long.