A woman's obsession to finish what her father started 18 years ago.
Nalen Storrow was a Boston patrolman for 15 years before moving his wife and kids 5 years ago to the sleepy community of Flowering Dogwood, Maine population 1800. The story goes back and forth between Nalen and his family life to the investigation of a murdered 14-year girl with Down syndrome. Nalen has problems relating to his family because of his own tortured childhood at the hands of his brutal, drunkard father. He could not face up to his past by seeing a shrink, as he called them, who could help him. Instead he took the easy way out and killed himself right in the middle of an investigation.
18 years later his daughter Rachel is a detective with the same department he was. Rachel hears about the case and wants to open the file. The captain tells her to do it on her own time. Rachel retraces her father’s steps. During her investigation another shocking crime happens, which brings the investigation to the forefront of the entire department. Rachel's search turns into a dark obsessive search for the person who committed the crimes.
Alice Blanchard is a multiple prizewinner for her short stories and was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for fiction.