“Award-winning novelist Martin (The Bright Forever, 2005) keeps readers on edge in this gripping tale of tragedy and the subsequent search for truth. When Della Black and three of her seven children are killed in a fire in their trailer on a bitter winter night, the citizens of Goldengate band together to help hers urviving children. As the fire is investigated and suspicious evidence is found, all eyes turn to Ronnie Black, Della’s estranged husband, who now liveswith his girlfriend, Brandi Tate. Ronnie has always been hot-tempered and impulsive, and his actions make him an easy suspect. But Ronnie is also a loving father, fiercely loyal to his children and determined to provide for them. As evidence against Ronnie mounts, his erratic behavior has everyone talking, even leading Brandi to question the innocence he steadfastly maintains. Martin weaves a story that puts the complexities of love on display. Not always sweet or everlasting, love is an immense power that influences our decisions and shapes our futures. Martin’s multifaceted tale of loss,suspicion, and suspense is thoroughly engaging.” -Booklist
“Pulitzer-finalist Martin delivers a taut, satisfying mystery about people ‘bound by their stupidity and their love’. . . . The story masterfully explores adult desires and disappointments, the fierce love parents have for their children, and children’s yearning for familial bonds. . . . This is a compulsively readable novel about the bonds of family and community.”–Publishers Weekly.