By Michael Hiebert
In Michael Hiebert’s haunting and strong novel, a long-ago tragedy echoes via small-town Alabama as one girl attempts to trace down a serial killer.
Detective Leah Teal is aware about lots of the secrets and techniques in her homeland of Alvin, yet there are regularly surprises on hand. just like the day she is of the same opinion to take her daughter, Caroline, to work out a psychic for a studying. The psychic hones in on Leah as an alternative, hinting at a string of ugly killings and insisting that she interfere to avoid extra deaths.
When you go searching for difficulty, you by no means know the way a lot you’ll locate. yes sufficient, the psychic’s scant clues lead Leah to a chilly case from six years in the past, whilst a tender girl used to be discovered shot to demise, her eyelids sewn close. As Leah digs deeper into outdated records, a moment unsolved case surfaces with a similar grisly development. whereas her sensible younger son, Abe, observes from the sidelines, Leah races to avoid one other bad homicide, ignorant of simply how deep the roots of evil can go.
Taut, suspenseful, and wealthy in Southern surroundings, A Thorn one of the Lilies is a spell binding novel of loss and vengeance, and the lengths a few will visit out of loyalty and love.
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You’re not kidding. By the way, how’s Ian? ” While she enjoyed the sharp savour of gossip about people she either disliked or knew only by reputation, Lindsay was less keen to dissect the private life of a friend as close as Ian. “He seems fine,” she said stiffly. Either Siobhan didn’t notice, or else she was in investigative journalist mode. “He must have been pretty demoralised to find he’d been replaced by a golden retriever. I thought at first it must be a guide dog. ” “That’s the trouble with you feature writers,” Lindsay said.
It was the difficulty of adjusting to absence. Someone who had been there was no longer around. And it had left a Frances-shaped hole in her life that sometimes felt as if it would engulf her and drain the very life from her. That was the worst feeling of all. The pain of loss, a physical stab in the chest that sometimes made her gasp, that was bad enough. But the hollowness, that was the worst. With a start, Lindsay realised that Ian was speaking. ” she said. “That lot,” Ian said, gesturing with his thumb at the radio.
Oblivious to her surroundings, she wandered down toward the stands of the assorted pressure groups who had rented space for the conference. She didn’t notice the chipped tiling on the walls, the scruffy paintwork, or the garish posters for the forthcoming summer attractions. She paused long enough to buy an enamelled metal badge proclaiming “Lesbians and Gay Men Support the Miners” before walking back into the stuffy hall to rejoin her colleagues. No one glanced at her as she slipped into her seat.
A Thorn Among the Lilies (Alvin, Alabama, Book 3) by Michael Hiebert