Down & Out Books
On Sale: December 3, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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In the early 2000s, a string of abductions rocked the small
upstate town of Reine, New York. Only one girl survived:
Alex Salerno. The killer, Ken Parsons, was sent away. Life
returned to normal. No more girls would have to die. Until
another one did.
It’s been twelve years since Kira Shanks was reported
missing and presumed dead. Alex Salerno has been living in
New York City, piecemealing paychecks to earn a livable
wage, trying to forget those three days locked underground
and her affair with Sean Riley, the married detective who
rescued her. When Noah Lee, hometown reporter with a
journalistic pedigree, requests an interview, Alex returns
to Reine and Riley, reopening old wounds. What begins as a
Q&A for a newspaper article soon turns into an
opportunity for money, closure and—justice. The
disappearance of Kira Shanks has long been hung on Benny
Brudzienski, a hulking man-child who is currently a
brain-addled guest at the Galloway State Mental Hospital.
But after Alex reconnects with ex-classmates and frenemies,
doubts are cast on that guilt. Alex is drawn into a
dangerous game of show and tell in an insular town where
everyone has a secret to hide. And as more details emerge
about the night Kira Shanks went missing, Alex discovers
there are some willing to kill to protect the horrific truth.
In the modern vein of Dark Places and Mystic
River, The One That Got Away is a dark,
psychological thriller featuring a compelling, conflicted
heroine and a page-turning narrative that races toward its
final, shocking conclusion.
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