In Texas a serial killer is executed, taking to his grave the identity of his only child. In Boston a nine-year-old girl is abandoned in a hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Twenty years later, even though she has no memory of her life before her adoption, Melanie Stokes still considers herself lucky…until someone wants to give it back. Even if it includes the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter in Texas. As Melanie searches every lead, chases every shadow in the search for her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from two decades ago come together in a dangerous explosion of truth. And with her very life at stake, Melanie will fear that the family she loves the most may be the people she should trust the least.
The first rule is never blame the victim. They survived what no woman should ever have to endure. Now these three women have the means, the opportunity, and the perfect motive. Are they trying to get away with murder—or is someone trying to make sure that this time they don’t get away at all?
An entire family disappeared without a trace. With no witnesses, no motive and no ransom demand. Newly minted PI Tessa Leoni must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost secrets. For as Tessa knows best; love, safety, family . . . it’s all touch and go.
In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as DD Warren, Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW).