Roy Whyte devoted twenty years to discovering the murder of Margo Ever and the abductor of her young daughter. As he contemplates his file once again over a cup of coffee in his home town of Locust Grove's dinner, he sees a midnight blue Jeep jump the curb and almost run down a young woman pushing a stroller. Roy rushes outside, and an old woman points him to a nearby alley. In a reeking dumpster, he discovers a young woman, battered beyond recognition.
When his father wouldn't pay attention any other way, Roy took an interest in the case that preoccupied his father. In an effort to please his father, Roy learned to emulate his perfect control, which never allowed any emotion to show. As the hospital assumes he's her husband, Roy stays by the woman's bedside. When she finally wakes, he learns her name in Marni, and she's desperately concerned for Lily and Camilla, who are her sister and niece. In her sleep, IT follows her through long passages of trees and ominous dusk. When she stumbles and IT steps in front of her, Marni's agonizing screams wake her from the nightmare.
But IT is real. And IT has killed, and will kill again. Marni is used to staying on the move, remaining hidden to survive. But now if she wishes to live, Marni must come to trust this strange man who guards her sleep. As her heart becomes involved, she must learn to not only tell her own secrets, but to dig beneath the aloof mask to discover Roy's secrets as well. Somehow they are mysteriously bound together by a past neither understands.
In the combined tradition of Tami Hoag and Dean Koonz author Sue Thorton creates a spellbinding tale of horror and murder. The tight twists of plot, the masterful miasma of fear, and the tense tone create a memorable tale that is both horrifying and extreme. The writing style mirrors its characters, carefully revealing yet withholding information. The reader will find this novel extremely difficult to put down. Very highly recommended.