In the small town of Tatesville, Mississippi, teenage girls are vanishing without a trace. Girls like Lacey Fuller's best friends, Claire and Jo. But Lacey was the lucky one… she managed to escape when she was taken. Desperate to get away from the whispers and stares from people in town, Lacey left for college shortly after graduation and never looked back.
Now, ten years later, Lacey has returned home, hoping to put that dark time in her past behind her. When Jo's older brother, Brooks Harding, comes back into her life, Lacey finds herself unable to resist the feelings she once had for him. Lacey’s life is falling into place and she’s feeling a long-forgotten sense of peace… until the killer makes contact.
Fear blankets the town as girls once again start disappearing at a rapid rate. And with Lacey in the killer’s sights, she and Brooks know that until the person behind these abductions is caught, they have no chance at making a life together. But the truth they uncover is more than anyone ever expected.
Before transferring to a station in a sleepy little Mississippi town, Detective Jolene "Jo" Devereaux and her partner had been chasing a serial killer. One who would stalk his victims, women living alone, learning their routines and habits. Then he’d gain access to their homes, disguised as a police officer, before torturing and killing them. A fatal mistake had Jo deciding to start over. New town, new job, new partner.
Detective Nick Spenser wasn't used to having a female partner who looked more like a model than a cop. But he soon learns she's got brains and nerves of steel. A good thing, since the serial killer Jo thought she'd left behind has decided he’s not done with her yet.