Olivia Taylor-Jones grew up in a privileged family. She attends the right type of charity functions, works as a volunteer at a shelter, and is engaged to be married to a handsome, proper CEO with political ambitions. Her life couldn’t be more perfect, until everything falls apart.
Reporters uncover that she was adopted and her birth parents are serving time for several heinous murders. Everyone has heard of the serial killers Pamela and Todd Larsen. Olivia just had no idea that she was their daughter.
The scandal and zealous publicity hounds are a bit too much for her adopted mother and fiance – so Olivia flees. At first she tries to find an apartment in Chicago, but because of her reluctance to tap into her mother’s money, she has very limited resources. After a particularly unsettling experience in a cheap, but unsafe, neighborhood she takes the advice of an older man and heads to Cainsville, a small town just outside of the city.
Cainsville is an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past. And Olivia feels strangely connected to the place. She lands a job as a waitress at the local diner and begins a rocky relationship with her birth mother’s lawyer, Gabriel Walsh. Walsh would like Olivia to help mend his professional relationship with Pamela Larsen – and Olivia wants to meet Pamela to find out about her past.
In the course of investigating her parents’ alleged crimes, Olivia stumbles upon the truth about one of the murders. Poking around in the past puts Olivia and Gabriel in danger – but also brings the two unlikely partners closer.
I appreciated that this one murder mystery was solved and I wasn’t left completely hanging at the end, though I know the story has many other issues to resolve. I’ll keep reading the series because I care about the characters and love the hints about there being something more than what meets the eye.
If you are just now starting the series — lucky you! — the second book just came out. Visions provides additional material as to what is so special about Cainsville’s residents.
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