Eva Tilling's "family is the biggest employer in Jessup, North Carolina. They're the modern equivalent of aristocracy. Added to that, Eva's father is a minister's son, so the combination of Cooper wealth and Tilling modesty makes Eva a veritable princess..." and yet someone tried to kill her in a hit and run. It wasn't an accident. When she awakens in ICU, she has various broken bones, facial lacerations, and TBI - traumatic brain injury. Is the TBI causing her hallucinations wherein she experiences other people's death? "Almost everyone keeps to the rules of Unspoken Things. It's a long standing tradition in the South. Unpleasantness is best not discussed; delicate matters are hinted at, but not spoken." When additional girls at Eva's high school are murdered, it becomes obvious that a serial killer is at work...and he/she is fixated on Eva.
Ms. Marr does an absolutely outstanding job of maintaining cutting edge suspense in this shocking page-turner. The protagonist is well developed and compels the reader to empathetically participate in her horror.
"Sin and status are sure ways to death."
Gateway Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17