Fifteen years ago a young girl by the name of Moonlight Smith went to her best friend Nicky Nowak’s house for a sleepover. Moonlight joined the family for breakfast the following morning and was then picked up by her mother. Shortly after, Mr. Nowak went for a walk.
He was never seen again.
Autumn has arrived on the mountains above Trafalgar, B.C., and the promise of winter is in the air. Constable Molly Smith is cuddled by the fireplace with Adam Tocek of the RCMP when Tocek and his dog Norman are called to a wilderness camping ground to join the search for a little boy who snuck away from his family looking for bears.
The child is found, dirty, terrified, weeping, but unharmed. Then the inquisitive Norman digs up something else: human bones.
The ID isn’t positive, but it is enough to have Sergeant John Winters of the Trafalgar City Police pulling old boxes from the basement to re-open the Brian Nowak investigation. He finds a family shattered beyond recognition by the disappearance of their husband and father. Mrs. Nowak is an empty shell of a woman, dressed in pajamas, never leaving the house. Her son Kyle haunts the streets of Trafalgar at night and spends his days creating beautiful, but highly troubling, art. Nicky Nowak lives in Vancouver and has grown up to be gorgeous, charming, elegant. Yet behind that facade lies a woman whose heart has closed so tightly against human relationships she comes to Trafalgar trailing in her wake a terrifying threat to another innocent family.
As the investigation into the life and disappearance of Brian Nowak grows, old secrets are brought to light and new ones struggle to remain hidden.
This is book five in the Constable Molly Smith series by Vicki Delany. However, this is the first one that I have read. I don’t feel that I was lost or left out because I hadn’t read the first books. This can definitely be read as a stand alone book. I will be going back and reading the prior books because I enjoyed this one so much.
Vicki Delany’s characters are vibrant and alive. I could just picture Jamie defiantly stuffing his blanket in his sleeping bag and setting off on an adventure at the start of the story. And the imagery just kept getting better from there on out. I felt like I had a little movie playing in my head as I read this book.
The fact that this mystery was so close and personal to Molly’s just made it that much more emotional. When Molly was young, she went by her given name of Moonlight Smith. She and her best friend, Nicky, were always spending time at each other’s houses. In fact, Moonlight spent the night at Nicky’s house the night before Nicky’s father disappeared.
Now many years later, the case is reopened when his bones are found.
I found this book difficult to put down.
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