Published by Orion,
13 December 2012.
When Dane receives the news that her sister Julie is seriously ill she sets off to be with her immediately. But she arrives too late, and to face hostility from her sister’s husband and daughter, for Dana had left her hometown many years ago and has not kept in touch.
Immediately Dana hits Black Bear she runs into people she knew when she was growing up including Jo her childhood sweetheart, but the town has changed, with Gerkey’s factory now the main employer, and run by Brian Gerkey, she knew as a teenager. Soon Dana becomes aware that there appears to be a higher-than-average cancer rate in Black Bear and that Julie had been investigating possible sources for this.
Whilst trying to deal with her niece’s grief at the untimely death of her mother, and repair the damage caused by her long absence, Dana takes up Julie’s investigation into of the cause of the town’s sickness.
Beautifully written, this is an emotional story of a family
caught up in a secret that no one wants uncovered, but the truth has a habit of
surfacing. Coupled with an absorbing mystery that will keep you enthralled to
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Carla Buckley was born in Washington, D.C. She has worked as an assistant press secretary for a U.S. senator, an analyst with the Smithsonian Institution, and a technical writer for a defense contractor. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, an environmental scientist, and their three children. She is the author of Invisible and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a Best First novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction.