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#1 New York Times-bestselling author Nora
Roberts takes us deep into the rugged Black Hills of South
Dakota, where the shadows keep secrets, hunters stalk the
land, and a childhood friendship matures into an adult
Asummer at his grandparents' South
Dakota ranch is not eleven-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea
of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now
that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and
her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as
awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's
annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from
innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared
experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying
discovery of a hiker's body.
As the seasons change
and the years roll, Lil stays steadfast to her dreams of
becoming a wildlife biologist and protecting her family
land, while Coop struggles with his father's demand that
he attend law school and join the family firm. Twelve
years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate
has brought them back to the Black Hills when the people
and things they hold most dear need them most.
investigator in New York, Coop recently left his fastpaced
life to care for his aging grandparents and the ranch he
has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch
still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of
opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something . . . or
someone . . . has been keeping a close watch. When small
pranks and acts of destruction escalate into the heartless
killing of Lil's beloved cougar, recollections of an
unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to
action to keep Lil safe.
Lil and Coop both know
the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the
Black Hills. But now they must work together to unearth a
killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled
them out as prey.
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