A dark, compulsively readable psychological suspense debut, the first in a new series featuring the brilliant, fearless, chaotic, and deeply flawed Nora Watts—a character as heartbreakingly troubled, emotionally complex, and irresistibly compelling as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander and Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole.
It begins with a phone call that Nora Watts has dreaded for fifteen years—since the day she gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. Bonnie has vanished. The police consider her a chronic runaway and aren’t looking, leaving her desperate adoptive parents to reach out to her birth mother as a last hope.
A biracial product of the foster system, transient, homeless, scarred by a past filled with pain and violence, Nora knows intimately what happens to vulnerable girls on the streets. Caring despite herself, she sets out to find Bonnie with her only companion, her mutt Whisper, knowing she risks reopening wounds that have never really healed—and plunging into the darkness with little to protect her but her instincts and a freakish ability to detect truth from lies.
The search uncovers a puzzling conspiracy that leads Nora on a harrowing journey of deception and violence, from the gloomy rain-soaked streets of Vancouver, to the icy white mountains of the Canadian interior, to the beautiful and dangerous island where she will face her most terrifying demon. All to save a girl she wishes had never been born.
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About the Author
Sheena Kamal holds an HBA in political science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness. Kamal has also worked as a crime and investigative journalism researcher for the film and television industry—academic knowledge and experience that inspired this debut novel. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've got to say that I'm a streak with reading some really great books lately. This book was a brilliant beginning to a new mystery series - I need more books just like this! I was intrigued by this book just from reading the above summary which meant that I couldn't resist the chance of reading it. The idea of the birth mother being drawn into the search of the missing daughter that she's never met (or wanted to even)....how can you resist a premise like that? I just knew that this was going to be a good read but what I didn't expect was how dark of a read that this was going to be. Nora is not your typical leading female detective in a mystery novel. She isn't even really a detective but instead works for a lawyer and businessman as an almost human lie detector. She has all of these issues relating to her past, doesn't have any normal relationships, and is a recovering alcoholic. She is basically kind of a mess but I loved her! Even when she was making crappy decisions I was rooting for her. I wanted to know more about what had happened to her even though there were enough clues that I could guess. She just was one of those main characters that really stood out for me, and I'm looking forwarding to reading more books featuring her. I also really enjoyed the mystery portion of this book. I found myself reading this one for long periods of time which hasn't happened all too often lately. It was a page turner and one of the things that kept me reading way too late into the night was just trying to see what trouble Nora was going to get herself into next. And then I kept reading to see if she would get out of it of course. Ha! I loved that this book was set in Canada which is a place I've never had the chance to visit but would like to. I felt like I was really there while reading, and reading about the colder weather made this feel like the perfect fall read (although I read it a bit too early for that). The ending was super intense and left me wanting more. Overall I have to say that I'm left very excited about this author and this series. This book really stood out for me as it is different from a lot of the mystery series that I've read. I've come to the conclusion that mystery series featuring lone female main characters is kind of my reading catnip. I just can't seem to get enough. This book wasn't any different and Nora is one of those characters that I won't be forgetting about any time soon. I feel like I'm rambling at this point but this book was just that good. I cannot wait to see what other readers think! I would recommend this book mystery fans as well as those readers who enjoy a good thriller. Highly recommended! Bottom Line: A dark mystery that I just couldn't put down. I need more! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher as part of a TLC book tour.