Gus Wheatley thinks he's found success.
Money, power, prestige. It all comes with the territory
for the youngest lawyer ever to grab the helm of Seattle's
most prominent law firm. Nothing can interfere with
his meteoric rise to the topuntil his wife vanishes.
Beth dropped off their six-year-old daughter at the
youth center one afternoon, and no one has seen her
Her disappearance comes just as FBI profilers are called in to examine a bizarre and emerging pattern of brutal serial murders that rocks Seattle. "Bookend killings" the FBI dubs them. The killer seems to be striking his victims in pairs. First two men, then two women. The victims are unrelated, yet within each pairing, the one mirrors the other in chilling detail.
But this is just the beginning of the nightmare for Gus. Soon, Seattle police fashion a theory that leaves two horrifying possibilities: either Beth is the killer's latest victimů or she is his willing accomplice.
As the gruesome murders continue, and with Beth's whereabouts still unknown, Gus draws closer to his daughter, a precocious and exceptionally smart six year old. The more he learns about the special relationship his wife and daughter shared, the less willing he is to accept the idea that Beth would ever ally herself with a cold blooded killer. Still, it's clear that he and Beth have grown very far apart.
Slowly, Gus begins to unravel the shocking truth about the woman he thought he knew. Beth may be alive. She may or may not be innocent. She may have come up against something far more evil than just a serial killer. And for Gus and his family, that evil is far too close to
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