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From the New York Times bestselling author of Back Roads, "a no-holds-barred, page-turning, perfectly crafted thriller" (Heather Gudenkauf, author of The Weight of Silence) following a small town police chief who's forced to dig into her own shadowy past as she investigates the murder of a teenage girl.
On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who would do anything to protect the rural Pennsylvanian town where she has lived all fifty of her years. Traditional and proud of her blue-collar sensibilities, Dove is loved by her community—but she hides a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was sixteen.

When a girl is beaten to death and her body tossed down a fiery sinkhole in an abandoned coal town, Dove is faced with solving the most shocking crime of her law enforcement career. She identifies the girl as a member of a local family of petty criminals. To further complicate things, the man convicted of killing Dove's mother is released from prison and reveals a startling accusation. Dove now must face the chilling parallels between her own family's trauma and that of the dead girl's.

"A darkly compelling look into how the past colors the present, this psychological thriller will linger" (RT Book Reviews) with you long after you turn the final page.
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"Compelling, fast-paced." —Library Journal, starred review

"Stellar." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club pick Back Roads comes this fast-paced literary thriller about a small town police chief who's forced to dig into her own shadowy past as she investigates the murder of a teenage girl.
On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who would do anything to protect the rural Pennsylvanian countryside where she has lived all fifty of her years. Traditional and proud of her blue-collar sensibilities, Dove is loved by her community. But beneath her badge lies a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was sixteen.

When a girl is beaten to death, her body tossed down a fiery sinkhole in an abandoned coal town, Dove is faced with solving the worst...
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On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who would do anything to protect the rural Pennsylvanian town where she has lived all fifty of her years. Traditional and proud of her blue-collar sensibilities, Dove is loved by her community—but she hides a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was sixteen.

When a girl is beaten to death and her body tossed down a fiery sinkhole in an abandoned coal town, Dove is faced with solving the most shocking crime of her law enforcement career. She identifies the girl as a member of a local family of petty criminals. To further complicate things, the man convicted of killing Dove's mother is released from prison and reveals a startling accusation. Dove now must face the chilling parallels between her own family's trauma and that of the dead girl's.

"A darkly compelling look into how the past colors the present, this psychological thriller will linger" (RT Book Reviews) with you long after you turn the final page.
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        Starred review from November 2, 2015
        At the start of this emotionally charged novel from bestseller O’Dell (One of Us), police chief Dove Carnahan and her officers gather at a horrific crime scene in the abandoned mining town of Campbell’s Run, Pa. Stuck in a hole in the ground is the body of a teenage girl, badly burned on her upper torso, who’s later identified as 17-year-old Camio Truly. With the aid of Corporal Nolan Greely, a detective in the state police Criminal Investigations Division, Dove seeks to learn all she can about Camio from the members of the girl’s extended blue-collar family. The Trulys are uncooperative, and their distrust of Dove is all too evident. Yet Dove is determined to discover who among this apathetic and hate-filled clan may have had a motive to kill Camio. Meanwhile, Lucky, the man who decades earlier murdered Dove’s beautiful, promiscuous mother, is released from prison. O’Dell does a stellar job of depicting the despair of those who live in a blighted rural community, while providing a complex study of the human soul and the fragile line that’s crossed when someone chooses to end another person’s life. Agent: Liza Dawson, Liza Dawson Associates.

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        October 15, 2015
        A young woman's body is found smoldering in the fire pits of Campbell's Run, Pennsylvania, and small-town police chief Dove Carnahan is on the case. O'Dell (One of Us, 2014, etc.) returns with a captivating mystery. Who hated Camio Truly enough to not only bash her head in with a blunt object, but also ditch her body in a fiery grave? As Dove investigates, she's assisted by Nolan, a gruff detective with the State Criminal Investigations Division and her sometime lover. Practically nobody lives in Campbell's Run anymore, not since a sinkhole (which had been lurking underground after a mine fire) opened, sucking most of the town into its depths. Since then, Campbell's Run has declined, as people with the means moved away to nearby Buchanan, so whoever dumped Camio's body there must be a local. Even before Camio's murder, the Truly family had had more than its share of troubles, including incarcerated sons and deaths by mayhem, but Dove is shocked at the apathy shown by Camio's mother, the obese, television-addicted Shawna. Camio's sister, Jessyca, a single mother, shows far more concern, although she makes little effort to hide her dislike of her younger, more ambitious sister. Yet under the thumb of matriarch Miranda Truly, Camio's family clams up. Solving the case is further complicated now that Lucky Dombosky has been released from jail after serving 35 years for murdering Dove's mother. Lucky claims Dove and her sister, Neely, framed him. Meanwhile Dove's brother, Champ, has shown up, after his own long absence, with a precocious son in tow. O'Dell spins a fine tale, ratcheting up tension with every turn of the screw in Dove's life and every downward spiral in the Truly family history. Filled with surprising twists and turns, this whodunit in a sullen town is a page-turner.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        December 1, 2015
        Dove Carnahan is the chief of police in a small town in Pennsylvania. Once on the fast track with the state police department, she abruptly left for her small hometown, much to the disappointment of her mentor, Nolan. They still work together and occasionally sleep together, so when a teenage girl's body is found half-burned, Chief Dove welcomes his help. The cause of death wasn't the fire, but the blaze did enough damage to delay identifying the victim as Camio, the shining light in a terribly dysfunctional family of drunks, drug addicts, and worse. Camio's boyfriend is the immediate suspect, as are members of her family, but everyone seems to have alibis. That Chief Dove herself comes from a similarly hideous background makes her all the more motivated to get to the bottom of Camio's murder, which will require exposing a small town's ugly secrets. This is one of those psychological thrillers that is almost impossible to put down, but, remarkably, in the midst of all that narrative drive, there is also some truly lovely prose here.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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        Starred review from October 1, 2015

        The crime scene is one of the worst Dove Carnahan has ever seen as a police chief: the body of a 17-year-old girl is found in a fiery sinkhole in a defunct western Pennsylvania coal town. Camio Truly seemed to be the white sheep in a severely dysfunctional family, the promising student who was determined to make something of herself. So who wanted her dead? As Carnahan and her force assist Cpl. Nolan Greely of the State Criminal Investigations Division on the case, Carnahan's past returns to haunt her. The man convicted of killing her mother 35 years earlier is just out of prison, still maintaining his innocence and vowing to make trouble for Carnahan and her sister for setting him up. Carnahan's brother also suddenly reappears, after a 25-year absence, with his young son. VERDICT This compelling, fast-paced mystery feels like part of a series rather than a stand-alone, with its smart, self-aware protagonist. O'Dell's (Fragile Beasts) latest is character-driven crime fiction at its best. Readers will want to see more of Carnahan. [See Prepub Alert, 7/27/15.]--Michele Leber, Arlington, VA

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        August 1, 2015

        Oprah author O'Dell visits small-town Pennsylvania, where Police Chief Dove Carnahan--a local dedicated to both job and community--must face some terrible darkness in her past when a teenage girl is beaten to death.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
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        October 1, 2015

        The crime scene is one of the worst Dove Carnahan has ever seen as a police chief: the body of a 17-year-old girl is found in a fiery sinkhole in a defunct western Pennsylvania coal town. Camio Truly seemed to be the white sheep in a severely dysfunctional family, the promising student who was determined to make something of herself. So who wanted her dead? As Carnahan and her force assist Cpl. Nolan Greely of the State Criminal Investigations Division on the case, Carnahan's past returns to haunt her. The man convicted of killing her mother 35 years earlier is just out of prison, still maintaining his innocence and vowing to make trouble for Carnahan and her sister for setting him up. Carnahan's brother also suddenly reappears, after a 25-year absence, with his young son. VERDICT This compelling, fast-paced mystery feels like part of a series rather than a stand-alone, with its smart, self-aware protagonist. O'Dell's (Fragile Beasts) latest is character-driven crime fiction at its best. Readers will want to see more of Carnahan. [See Prepub Alert, 7/27/15.]--Michele Leber, Arlington, VA

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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