By Lisa Unger
All people is familiar with all people within the Hollows, a old fashioned, captivating city outdoor of recent York urban. It's a spot the place neighbours regulate one another's childrens, the place humans say hi within the supermarket, and the place highschool cliques and antics are by no means rather forgotten. As a toddler, Maggie came across dwelling less than the microscope of small-town lifestyles stifling. yet as a spouse and mom, she has fortunately back to The Hollows's insular embody. As a psychologist, her wisdom of kin histories offers strong insights into her patients' lives. So whilst the female friend of her teenage son, Rick, disappears, Maggie's intuitive present proves beneficial to the case--and additionally dangerous.
Eerie parallels quickly emerge among Charlene's disappearance and the kidnapping of one other neighborhood lady that shook the neighborhood years in the past whilst Maggie used to be undefined. The research has her husband, Jones, the lead detective at the case, appearing unusually. Rick, already a brooding youngster, turns into much more withdrawn. In a city the place the previous is usually current, not anyone is above suspicion, no longer even a son within the eyes of his father.
"I understand how a second can spiral out of control," Jones says to a surprised Maggie as he searches Rick's room for incriminating facts. "How the results of 1 careless motion can expense you everything."
As she attempts to reassure him that Rick embodies his father in the entire vital methods, Maggie realizes this may be precisely what Jones fears so much. made up our minds to discover the reality, Maggie pursues her personal leads into Charlene's disappearance and exposes a long-buried city secret--one that can wreck every little thing she holds pricey. This exciting novel approximately one community's difficult but fragile bonds will depart readers asking, How good do i do know the folks i admire? and the way a long way may i am going to guard them?
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Erneut zustimmendes Gemurmel. �Ich begreife nicht, wieso sie ihn einfach abhauen lassen«, sagte ein jüngerer Mann wütend. Er trug eine Baseball-Kappe der Mariners. �Es war ein Formfehler«, antwortete der erste Mann genau so bitter wie zuvor. Wegen eines Fehlers. Einer Formsache. Wegen einer gottverdammten Kleinigkeit! �Die Bullen kriegen ihn, und die Rechtsverdreher lassen ihn frei«, sagte der Mann, der den Schirm mit seiner Frau teilte. »O nein«, warf der Mann mit der Base-Cap ein. »Für den Formfehler war allein die Polizei verantwortlich.
Er warf Kent einen Blick zu, der noch immer auf allen vieren durchs Gras kroch, dann wandte er sich wieder Steven zu. Seine alten Augen waren klar und durchdringend. « Unwahrscheinlich, dachte Steven. Jedenfalls nicht lebend. Die Wunden des Hundes und der Zustand des ersten Opfers sprachen dagegen. Trotzdem zwang er sich, zuversichtlich zu klingen. « Clary schüttelte den Kopf. »Nennen Sie mich Bud. « Steven lächelte. « Doch dann wurde er wieder ernst. « Bud seufzte. »Pal rennt gerne mal hinter einem Vogel oder einem Karnickel her, wissen Sie.
Ich weiß, Casey. Danke«, sagte er trocken. « Als die Tür wieder zu war, verdrehte Jenna die Augen. « �O ja, und ob«, sagte Lucas freimütig. »Genau wie sie. « �Ganz sicher. « Jenna wandte sich wieder der Telefonliste zu. »Brads Vater arbeitet bei der Polizei. « �Bestimmt sagt er, dass er keine Zeit hat. « Jenna warf ihm einen finsteren Blick zu. Er lächelte sie freundlich an. « Jenna verschränkte die Arme vor dem Körper und sog die Wangen ein. »Als Mentor bist du wirklich daneben. « Lucas’ ergrauender Schnurrbart bebte.
Fragile: A Novel by Lisa Unger