June Lyons, the formerFBI agent turned small-town cop introduced in the acclaimed Ice Shearmust solve two connected cases whose roots stretch back decades in time—anddangerously touch the lives of those closest to her.
As a police officer inthe Rust Belt town of Hopewell Falls, New York, June Lyons keeps an eye on theabandoned factories that line the Mohawk River. Spotting a slick of gasolinerunning across the parking lot of an old apparel factory, she quickly headsinside the building, where she discovers an unconscious woman too close to theflame. The fire destroys the building down to its subbasements, and the badlyburned woman June rescued is in a coma. No one knows who she is or how she gotthere.
Thirty years ago, June’sfather made a name for himself when he arrested the factory’s owner, BernieLawler, for killing his wife and child, though their bodies were never found.Sifting through the factory’s ruins, June and her partner Dave Batko discover awoman’s body sealed in a barrel. Surely it’s Luisa Lawler and the case file canbe closed. But the body isn’t Bernie’s wife—it’s Dave’s mother, a troubledparty-girl who disappeared when Dave was young.
As June and her neighborsdiscover, beneath Hopewell Falls’ charming façade lie some unbearably uglytruths—secrets that are only beginning to surface. With the case growing morecomplex, she teams with FBI Special Agent Hale Bascom to find answers—beforeeveryone she loves, and the town itself, spin dangerously out of control.