By Michael Hiebert
In Michael Hiebert’s haunting and robust novel, a long-ago tragedy echoes via small-town Alabama as one lady attempts to trace down a serial killer.
Detective Leah Teal is aware about lots of the secrets and techniques in her native land of Alvin, yet there are continually surprises available. just like the day she has the same opinion to take her daughter, Caroline, to work out a psychic for a interpreting. The psychic hones in on Leah as an alternative, hinting at a string of grotesque killings and insisting that she intrude to avoid extra deaths.
When you go searching for difficulty, you by no means know the way a lot you’ll locate. definite sufficient, the psychic’s scant clues lead Leah to a chilly case from six years in the past, while a tender girl was once came across shot to dying, her eyelids sewn close. As Leah digs deeper into outdated documents, a moment unsolved case surfaces with a similar grisly development. whereas her sensible younger son, Abe, observes from the sidelines, Leah races to avoid one other awful homicide, ignorant of simply how deep the roots of evil can go.
Taut, suspenseful, and wealthy in Southern surroundings, A Thorn one of the Lilies is a spell binding novel of loss and vengeance, and the lengths a few will visit out of loyalty and love.
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