To the outside world, Cypress Springs, Louisiana, is a
postcard-perfect town where moral, decent citizens lead
safe, wholesome lives. But outsiders, it seems, don't fare
When journalist Avery Chauvin returns home to Cypress
Springs, Louisiana, after twelve years, it's as if time
has stood still. Yet for her everything has
changedher mother died a year ago and now her father
is gone. Devastated by her father's suicide and her
inability to save him, Avery has taken a leave of absence
from her newspaper job to come back and put his affairs in
order. But in truth, she has come looking for answers. How
could her father, a physician who dedicated himself to
preserving life, have taken his own?
As Avery begins the heartbreaking task of cleaning out her
parents' home, she discovers a box of fifteen-year-old
newspaper articles covering the same eventthe brutal
murder of a young woman in Cypress Springs. Why, she
wonders, did her father keep the clippings?
Then Avery meets a newcomer to Cypress Springsa
woman looking into her brother's sudden disappearance and
into whispered rumors of strange happenings in town. Soon
the events of the past and present take on a terrifying
new meaning for Avery. A woman is found savagely murdered.
An outsider passing through town vanishes. Neighbors go
missing in the night.
Determined to get to the truth, Avery soon discovers that
each layer of deceit she exposes is somehow linked to that
long-ago murderand to her father. Could he have been
Uncertain where to turn and whom to trust, Avery must face
the fact that in this peaceful Southern town a terrible
evil lives, protecteduntil nowby the power of
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