Down trodden little Lourie County, situated on the outskirts of Minneapolis amid a gathering of semi-rural towns, is not exactly where Maryanne Levine envisioned spending her post academy days. Resigned to screening dog barking and mailbox tampering complaints at the local sheriff's office, her world is turned every shade of upset when a local woman goes missing.   

Someone is taking young girls. And, in the aftermath of these unforgivable crimes, someone is taking the mothers.  With all of its tabletop gossip and close-knit ties, this little community is harboring evil.   

Maryanne has been running from a secret most of her life.          

Lourie, she discovers, is full of them.

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