By T. R. Ragan
Deepest investigator Lizzy Gardner is familiar with a specific thing or approximately dwelling some time past. As undefined, she was once terrorized through a serial killer, a tribulation that haunted her for greater than a decade earlier than the maniac was once ultimately stopped. So while terminally ailing Ruth Fullerton begs Lizzy to reopen the chilly case into her daughter's disappearance, it's challenging to decline. greater than 20 years have handed considering the fact that Carol Fullerton vanished, leaving behind her motor vehicle by means of the facet of a California highway. The police wrote her off as a runaway, but whatever tells Lizzy the reality isn't so simple…
Carol's chilly case has slightly began to thaw while Andrea Kramer exhibits up at Lizzy's door. Andrea's sister, Diane, has been lacking for months, and she's confident a charismatic weightloss guru-part Tony Robbins and half Richard Simmons-is dependable. Diane was once overweight, yet may perhaps her obsession with losing a few pounds have resulted in her disappearance?
As if lively lacking folks instances weren't sufficient, Lizzy can also be attempting to deal with her teenage assistants, together with one as wounded and haunted through her previous as Lizzy.
Fast-paced and deftly plotted, this outstanding follow-up to the best-selling kidnapped reveals Sacramento PI Lizzy Gardner in over her head-but extra decided than ever to aid these nobody else will.
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