Faye Longchamp-Mantooth has dug herself a deep hole and she can’t make her way out of it. As she struggles to recover from a shattering personal loss, she sees that everyone she loves is trying to reach out to her, but she just can’t manage to reach back. Joe Wolf Mantooth has never felt so alone, despite living in his house with the wife he loves, the son he adores, and the father who hasn’t got around to telling him how long he’s been out of prison or what he did to get sent there. When one of their close friends is brutally murdered, Joe begins to wonder whether Faye will ever be herself again, and he knows he needs to help her. As crimes against women rock Micco County, one after another, he realizes that Faye is in danger from both her inner demons and an outside evil. This evil has intruded on their island home and violated the isolation that they had always believed would protect them. Faye and Joe can only fight this evil if they work together, but first they have to remember how. And all the while, the danger snakes further into their lives, threatening the people they love, the very ground beneath their feet, and even their home and the island where it stands. No man is an island, and no woman. Faye and Joe must break open the isolation that grips them, or they will lose everything.
She’s lost her drive and her ambition. Losing the baby has almost made her lose her mind. But finding an old fuel tank on her island home gets her attention, especially since she has to call the environmentalists in.
Ms. Evans adds a bit of history to her books, writing about often forgotten history trivia that adds an interesting aspect to the tale she’s telling. She mixes past and present and ties it up with a big bow to make it all fit together.
Faye has a husband, a daughter and a son. Her father-in-law is staying with them currently. She has plenty of reason to live if she can just get out of her funk. Joe is trying to be patient but it bothers him.
With inspectors checking out the fuel (which turns out to be kerosene), she meets with a man who searching his ancestors. He uses her great grandmother’s name in connection with a soldier who never came home from the war even though he was married. He thinks she was keeping him captive. She knows that couldn’t be true, but what was the truth?
When the local marina’s diner owner is shot and killed, Faye has something else to interest her. She doesn’t realize how close and personal that death is going to become to her.
My favorite part is watching Faye trying to figure out why the soldier would be there at all and where he might have lived. When she finds arsenic, it’s a clue. But a clue to what?
This is a very good read with exciting parts, some trauma, and family secrets being unearthed. It’s a fascinating read that keeps you glued to the pages. I’m ready to read the next in this series.