Dennis Lehane meets Megan Miranda in this tense, atmospheric thriller about the first female sheriff in rural Bad Axe County, Wisconsin, as she searches for a missing girl, battles local drug dealers, and seeks the truth about the death of her parents 20 years ago - all as a winter storm rages in her embattled community.
Fifteen years ago, Heidi White’s parents were shot to death on their Bad Axe County farm. The police declared it a murder-suicide and closed the case. But that night, Heidi found the one clue she knew could lead to the truth - if only the investigators would listen.
Now, Heidi White is Heidi Kick, wife of local baseball legend Harley Kick and mother of three small children. She’s also the interim sheriff in Bad Axe. Half the county wants Heidi elected, but the other half will do anything to keep her out of law enforcement. Aas a deadly ice storm makes it way to Bad Axe, tensions rise and long-buried secrets climb to the surface.
As freezing rain washes out roads and rivers flood their banks, Heidi finds herself on the trail of a missing teenaged girl. Clues lead her down twisted paths to backwoods stag parties, derelict dairy farms, and the local salvage yard - where the body of a different teenage girl has been carefully hidden for a decade.
As the storm rages on, Heidi realizes that someone is planting clues for her to find, leading her to some unpleasant truths that point to the local baseball team and a legendary game her husband pitched years ago. With a murder to solve, a missing girl to save, and a monster to bring to justice, Heidi is on the cusp of shaking her community to its core - and finding out what really happened the night her parents died.
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- Jessica H.
Small Town Crime
Bad Axe County is a good ole boy, small town crime story. But there’s a new interim sheriff in town who is on a quest to not only solve the most recent crime spree that is all wound up into one case but also to find out what really happened to her parents. There are numerous characters in this story which makes it incredibly difficult to keep track of who is doing what and how they are all intertwined until about two thirds of the way through the book. Also, the book just ends. The story has no real ending, no twist, no surprises, other than the author stating what happens or happened in the cases.
- Mom D
The story is fiction but feels like it was pulled from the headlines.
The narrator just pulls you into the horrible reality of it.