Publication Date: January 10,
Genre: Psychological Thrillers
Publisher: GP Putnam
Length: 351 pages
Buy: Kindle | Audio
After reckless behavior costs NYPD detective Leigh O’Donnell her job
and her marriage, she returns with her four-year-old daughter to her
beautiful hometown of Copper Falls, Ohio. Leigh had stayed away for more
than a decade—even though her brother and a trio of loving uncles still
call it home—because, while the town may seem idyllic, something rotten
lies at its core. Three men in town have drowned in what Leigh suspects
to be a triple homicide. She hopes that by finding out who killed them,
she just might get her life back on course.
Headstrong and intuitive, Leigh isn’t afraid to face a killer, but she
has to do more than that to discover the truth about what happened to
those men. She must unravel a web of secrets going back generations,
and, in doing so, plumb the darkness within herself.
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Leigh tanks her career with the NYPD when she pulls her gun on her
partner and while wallowing in self pity over the loss of her career
and husband she is offered a job in her home town investigating a
There is so much more to this story than just a mystery. Themes of
white privilege, how we protect ourselves through our memories,
loyalty, and corruption.
Leigh hasn't been back to Copper Falls since she left, she has mixed
emotions about being home now. Her uncles who now reside in the
family home take her daughter under their wing with their eclectic
charm and wit. Her brother is also on the police force and tries to
explain to her the ins and outs of daily police work in this small
Something doesn't feel right to Leigh, from the drive bys to check in
on people who don't seem the least bit friendly, to the old woman who
lives in a run down house and talks to Leigh in riddles. Then there is
the records room of the police station, all compiled in neat boxes
with a file card system like something out of the 80's nothing has
been upgraded to digital and the captain seems less than enthusiastic
that Leigh has been spending time down there.
Through this journey Leigh discovers that her mind creates closed
doors on things that she doesn't want to remember, like why she pulled
a gun on her partner, her mothers eventual slide into death, and what
is going on between her and her husband who are separated.
Copper Falls was founded by 5 white families who basically took the
land from the Native people who lived there. No one leaves except for
a few and even some of them don't make it out before something tragic
Leigh knows something isn't right about the deaths of 6 people but she
can't place her finger on what.
Captivating and engrossing the story moves you along to solving the
mystery and opens the doors to discover some of what Leigh has been
hiding from herself.
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