It’s been two months since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son Scott died in a tragic accident. Ever since, he and his wife have drifted apart, fracturing a once normal life. Cal is mired in grief, a grief he can’t move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment. Because driving home one night, he makes his first big mistake.
A girl drenched in rain taps on his car window and asks for a ride as he sits at a stoplight. She’s the same age as Scott, and maybe she can help Cal find the dealer who sold his son the drugs that killed him. After a brief stop at a roadside diner, Cal senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved.
If you’re the parent of a teenager, this book will give you shivers – it’s as much about the private lives of teenagers and the grief of parents as it is about the crimes at the centre of the book.
Here, PI Cal Weaver is trying to track down who sold his son the drugs that literally pushed him to his death. A misfit, Weaver’s son, Scott, struggled to fit in and his loose band of peers in a slightly claustrophobic small town all have their own issues, their own secrets, and their own very public social media profiles.
On the other hand, there is the town’s police department which believes that justice is sometimes better and quicker served with a well-placed blow to the body than a court appearance.
With everyone doing their own thing – parents, teenagers, cops – it’s no surprise that everyone is not who they seem. People are willing to do anything – including murder – to keep their secrets safe. Just who are the good guys, who are the bad guys, who’s just a hapless teenager, and how can one town sustain so many secrets.
And at the heart of it all is Cal and wife Donna’s relationship – fractured by the silence and blame after their son’s death, can they find a way through this new crisis?
It’s a good read – I didn’t find myself dwelling on it afterwards, going over plot points in my head, but while you’re reading it, it’s an entertaining book, with several twists to keep you going.