At twenty-two, Sylvie Carson has known a lifetime’s worth oftrouble. When she was a child, her baby brother was shot to death by a mannamed Preacher Eli. Orphaned in her teens, Sylvie is now raising her own babywith no partner in sight. For all these reasons, Leah Teal, the only police detective in Alvin, Alabama, tries to be patient when Sylvie calls the station day andnight, always with some new false alarm. But now, Preacher Eli is out of prisonand moving back to town.
As far as the law is concerned, the old man has paid hisdues, although Leah’s twelve-year-old son, Abe, vehemently disagrees. Betweenthat and his relentless curiosity about the daddy he hardly knew, Abe’simagination is running wild. While Leah struggles with how much of the past toreveal to Abe, she’s also concerned about Sylvie’s mounting panic. Something inher gut tells her the girl might be a target after all. For as Leah knows well,there’s danger not just in the secrets others keep from us but in the lies thatcorrupt from within. It’s a hunch that will be tested soon enough as tensionson both sides mount.
Evoking the South with depth and grace, Michael Hiebert’spoignant, gripping novel captures the strength wrought by heartache and lostinnocence—and the transformative power of forgiveness, wherever it comes.