November 2010 / ISBN 978-0061434419
by Barbara Buhrer
Lawyer John Henderson's 4 year old son, Scott, fell from the dock
into the lake . He died for no apparent reason. The doctor's opinion
was that "he just died".
Three years later Henderson is living in Spokane, divorced, working
as a waiter, and is unable to come to terms with his son's death.
He receives an email from a perfect stranger stating "Come
home. I know what happened".
Unable to resist the desire to learn the truth, he returns to Black
Ridge. There he finds the town seems to be in the grip of unknown
elements. The behavior of the inhabitants is unnerving. The more
he tries to find the truth the more confusing and unreal it becomes.
It is as though events were controlled by a supernatural force,
I must admit that I put this book aside several times, unable to
become completely engrossed in the story. I finally finished it
because I wanted to see where the story was leading and where it
This is a fast moving psychological study of tormented characters
told from different perspectives. It is a unique plot with a wide
range of characters, some of them quite violent villains.