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Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Linwood has sold more then 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.
Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children. Visit Linwood Barclay at www.linwoodbarclay.com or find him on Twitter at @linwood_barclay.
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The breathtaking new crime thriller from the international bestselling author of Elevator Pitch and Find You First... AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW! It's always the husband, isn't it? One weekend, while Andrew Mason was on a fishing trip, his wife, Brie, vanished without a trace. Most people assumed Andy had got away with murder, but the police couldn't build a strong case against him. For a while, Andy hit rock bottom - he drank too much, was abandoned by his friends, nearly lost his business, and became a pariah in the place he had once called home. Now, six years later, Andy has put his life back together. He's sold the house he shared with Brie and moved away for a fresh start. When he hears his old house has been bulldozed and a new house built in its place, he's not bothered. He's settled with a new partner, Jayne, and life is good. But Andy's peaceful world is about to shatter. One day, a woman shows up at his old address, screaming, 'Where's my house? What's happened to my house?' And then, just as suddenly as she appeared, the woman - who bears a striking resemblance to Brie - is gone. The police are notified and old questions - and dark suspicions - resurface. Could Brie really be alive after all these years? If so, where has she been? It soon becomes clear that Andy's future, and the lives of those closest to him, depends on discovering what the hell is going on. The trick will be whether he can stay alive long enough to unearth the answers...
It’s a deadly race against time… Tech billionaire Miles has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of – except time. Now facing a terminal illness, Miles knows he must seize every minute to put his life in order. And that means taking a long hard look at his past. Somewhere out there, Miles has children. And they might be about to inherit both the good and bad from him – possibly his fortune, or possibly something more sinister. So Miles decides to track down his missing children. But a vicious killer is one step ahead of him. One by one, people are vanishing. Not just disappearing, every trace of them is wiped.
Oomph, my stomach went into free-fall as I read this clever, on-point, and absolutely thrilling tale. Manhattan’s elevators have been taken over, as the death toll rises and Manhattan comes to a stop, a journalist and two New York Detectives investigate. The prologue sets a chilling scene, I knew what was coming, it was peek through fingers time! Linwood Barclay adds new characters to the boiling pot without missing a beat. Layers of intrigue coupled with heart pounding action ensured I was on high alert at all times. As the tale slid forward, chimes and occasionally towering bells of realisation rang out. I adore Linwood Barclay’s books, I always throw myself in with abandon and know I can just enjoy a stunningly good read. Elevator Pitch is a flaming humdinger of a novel, it’s one of those, where at the end and I thought back, I slapped my hand to my head and exclaimed “of course!”. Dynamic and just so readable.
November 2017 Book of the Month A clever, thrilling, wild and unstoppable ride from beginning to end. I was hoping, really, really hoping that the ‘Promise Falls trilogy’ would continue past the third book, and quite literally jumped up and down with glee when I heard it had. You could read ‘Parting Shot’ as a standalone, however I recommend starting with the trilogy, as it is superb and leads into this book. Private Investigator Cal Weaver and Detective Barry Duckworth are back in action, Cal deviating from investigation into protection and Duckworth trying to solve a confusing case involving retribution. Delving into the horrors of on-line trolling, abuse, and worse, Linwood Barclay has hit the nail right on the head of a disturbing trend and then hurled it into a vortex. I was hooked from the get-go and as the tale spiralled and began to weave together, took a deep breath and held on tight. ‘Parting Shot’ is a clever, disturbing, gripping read and I can whole-heartedly recommend it. Liz Robinson
Oh, yes, it’s finally here, and it’s quite simply fabulous! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the last in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy, each book has ramped up my expectation for the next, and I was literally dancing in my seat when I got hold of ‘The Twenty-Three’. Chapter one, once again is a statement of intent, two sentences, 19 words, and you know you're in for a thrilling, chilling ride. People are dropping like flies in the town of Promise Falls, Detective Barry Duckworth hasn't got time to think, let alone eat. There are surprises at every corner and the story is drenched in tension. Linwood Barclay wields a sledge hammer full of impact, yet it’s his ability to point you in the direction of the small things, the subtle, the hidden, that I really admire. As with life, all the threads aren't left in a neat and tidy row, there are a few left unfinished, left free, to float in your mind, and creep up on you long after you've finished. ‘The Twenty-Three’ is a zig-zagging, mind-gripping, wonderfully entertaining read, and I loved every exhilarating second of it. Members of our consumer reader review panel were lucky enough to ask Linwood Barclay some questions about his writing. Check out the Q&A video in Author area below. The Promise Falls Trilogy:1.Broken Promise2.Far from True3.The Twenty-Three
A wonderfully stimulating and thrilling read, hold on tight as you dive in! This is the second in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy and I really do recommend starting with ‘Broken Promise’ as ‘Far From True’ is a full on blast from the outset, and you need to be prepped and fully warmed up. Chapter one is a statement of purpose, of intent. Certain residents in the town of Promise Falls are haunted, trapped and tortured by the past, Private Investigator Cal Weaver and Detective Barry Duckworth find themselves embroiled in a hunt, but neither are entirely sure what it is they're looking for. In a deluge of characters and storylines, Cal tells his own tale, making it very personal and adding a new dimension. There is a lot going on, however the short chapters ensure you're on board for all of the action, as layers upon layers are added to the fray. ‘Far From True’ is so marvellously and deviously twisty that my head nearly span off my neck, I simply didn't want it to end, and felt exhilaration and disbelief as I turned the last page. Members of our consumer reader review panel were lucky enough to ask Linwood Barclay some questions about his writing. Check out the Q&A video in Author area below. The Promise Falls Trilogy:1. Broken Promise2. Far from True3. The Twenty-Three
Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in increasingly creepy ways. This time, the author of No Time for Goodbye (a huge seller in 2008) gives us David Harwood, a newspaper reporter who's out of a job, and living back with his parents and his son Ethan in his hometown of Promise Falls. In typical Barclay style, the author lets us know from the off that things are about to go horribly wrong: "A couple of hours before all hell broke loose, I was in bed, awake since five, pondering the circumstances that had returned me, at the age of forty-one, to my childhood home." When he visits his cousin Marla, who is still grieving the death of her baby, he finds her taking care of a little boy the same age her own son would have been, and claiming she was given him by an "angel". But there's blood by her front door, and when David tracks down the baby's real home, he finds the body of a woman. The first in a new series to be set in Promise Falls, Broken Promise is fast-paced and fun, ramping up to a thoroughly unsettling, clever conclusion. Books in The Promise Falls Trilogy:1. Broken Promise2. Far from True3. The Twenty-Three Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven years ago (first book) they suffered an ordeal which is still affecting their lives. Grace has an unsuitable boyfriend, possibly tied up with a gang of criminals. With plenty of murder (little gore) and short, sharp chapters across the characters as the action jumps about, this is quick, easy reading, highly compulsive. The suspense is cleverly portrayed and the reader manipulated through the story by a very accomplished writer. Excellent stuff. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
A fantastic opening plot that pulls you straight in to the story and makes you have to read in one or two sittings as curiosity just gets the better of you. Fourteen year old Cynthia wakes up one morning to find her mother, father and brother have all completely disappeared without trace. 25 years later Cynthia might just start to get some answers as to what happened to them. The feelings of abandonment, doubt, anger and anguish that Cynthia feels are brought across through the main narrator of the book, Cynthia’s husband, which is clever way of getting the sense of frustration both feel, her because she needs answers and him because he wants her to be able to close that chapter of her life and move on. Apart from a slight lull in the middle this book will sweep you up with it’s pace and intrigue, perfect for a holiday read. Winner of the Richard & Judy Summer Read 2008 Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 2 July 2008.
When a small town detective picks up a young female hitchhiker in a bad rainstorm, he inadvertently uncovers a whole snake's nest of intrigue, crime and deception which risks ruining his life, as if the recent accidental death of his own son wasn't already sinking his precarious marriage. Barclay's thrillers are like precision machines, with plots within plots unfolding, red herrings and devastating revelations on every corner with a relentless Hitchcockian pace. What else can you ask for?
With pacy plots and a pared down writing style Linwood Barclay continues to deliver very human thrillers, stocked with real characters drawn from small town America, that you can consume in a single sitting. A small time hustler, who poses as a psychic, gets much more than she bargained for when one of her supposed ‘visions’ is a little too near the truth. Another cracking thriller full of twists, turns and surprises from Canadian author Linwood Barclay.
August 2013 Book of the Month. A clever, well-plotted thriller with dozens of characters and plot lines... But how are they all connected? Linwood Barclay, yet again, has written a cracking fast-moving thriller that won’t disappoint. A schizophrenic savant, who has memorised street maps around the world, gets dragged into a dangerous conspiracy and political coverup when he see a woman being murdered on an online map website. Click here to see what our Reader Review Panel thought of Linwood Barclay's novel, A Tap on the Window.
June 2012 Book of the Month. A compulsive page-turning thriller where a tragic drunk-driving accident rips open the lives of a middle class American family, exposing even more horrific secrets and lies. Since the author gained a following via a Richard and Judy selection, No Time for Goodbye, in 2008 he hasn’t put a foot wrong. Read it you won’t be disappointed.
July 2011 Book of the Month. This is one of Linwood's most gripping thrillers to date with a plot that twists and turns at break neck pace to leave you in complete suspense until the final denouement.
Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that's what she passes herself off as. The truth is, Keisha's real powers have more to do with separating troubled families from their money than actually seeing into the netherworld. Keisha watches the news for stories of missing family members. She gives it a few days, then moves in, tells these families she's had a vision, that she may have some clue to where these missing people are. And by the way, she charges for this service, and likes to see the money up front. Keisha's latest mark is a man whose wife disappeared a week ago. She's seen him on TV, pleading for his wife to come home, or, if she's been abducted, pleading with whoever took her to let her go. Keisha knows a payoff when she sees one. So she pays a visit to our troubled husband, tells him her vision. Trouble is, her vision just happens to be close enough to the truth that it leaves this man rattled. And it may very well leave Keisha dead.
Barry Forshaw on Linwood Barclay and James M. Cain... At first glance, the contemporary novels of Linwood Barclay and the classic work of fellow American James M. Cain might appear different (and, in many ways, they are), but both share a compelling sense of the dark destiny that threatens their beleaguered characters – and both write in a pared-down, economical style. Barclay’s Fear the Worst is a perfect place to start with this impeccable writer, while the crucial James M. Cain novel is The Postman Always Rings Twice. Sarah Broadhurst's view... An author who came to fame through the Richard and Judy chosen No Time for Goodbye, with his third gripping page-turner. A father hunts his missing daughter who appears to have led a double life. It’s small town America, international crime, disinterested police and some very nasty people stuff. It also takes in the stress of split families and dealing with teenagers. A very human thriller, fast-paced and very good. Comparison: Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman.
With the runaway success of last year’s No Time for Goodbye, expectations have been high for Barclay’s next novel and luckily he doesn’t disappoint. When the Cutter’s neighbours are all shot dead in their home one night, the Cutter family find themselves wondering whether the killers simply went to the wrong house and the real target was, in fact, themselves. They all have secrets to hide, how long will they be kept secrets now? Each chapter ends with you wanting to read more so make sure you have a few hours to settle down and read.
With the runaway success of last year’s No Time for Goodbye expectations have been high for Barclay’s next novel and luckily he doesn’t disappoint. When the Cutter’s neighbours are all shot dead in their home, one night, the Cutter family find themselves wondering whether the killers simply went to the wrong house and the real target was, in fact, themselves. They all have secrets to hide, how long will they be kept secrets now? Each chapter ends with you wanting to read more so make sure you have a few hours to settle down and read.
Just because that car sees you doesn't mean it's safe to cross... From the international bestseller Linwood Barclay comes a new, action-packed, utterly gripping crime thriller! They think as one. They act as one. They kill as one. The residents of Garrett Island are part of a visionary experiment. Their cars have been sent to the mainland and now, for one month, they've got self-driving vehicles called Arrivals. With a simple voice command, an Arrival will take you wherever you want to go, and because these cars are networked and aware of each other, road mishaps are a thing of the past. As the world's press arrives for a glimpse of this driverless future, islander and single mom Sandra Montrose preps for the huge media event. She's ready for this new world. Her husband died when he fell asleep at the wheel one night, and she's relieved her two teens, Archie and Katie, may never need drivers' licenses. God knows, Archie already finds enough ways to get into trouble. And Katie, unbeknownst to her mom, is flirting with danger as she investigates what strange secret the old man across the street is keeping in his garage. But as this special media day gets underway, there are signs all is not well. A member of the press has vanished, possibly murdered. There are rumors of industrial sabotage, an unleashing of a malevolent virus. Before long, the Arrivals aren't taking orders from their passengers anymore. They're starting to organize. They're starting to hunt. And they've got the residents of Garrett Island in their sights. From the international bestseller Linwood Barclay comes a breakneck new thriller, Look Both Ways. PRAISE FOR LINWOOD BARCLAY: 'A superior thriller' SUNDAY TIMES 'The twists keep coming' THE TIMES 'Barclay is a terrific writer ... I couldn't put it down, and you won't be able to either. If you enjoy thrillers, this is the real deal. It never lets up' STEPHEN KING 'A full-throttle powerhouse of a thriller - Linwood Barclay is in a class of his own' T.M. LOGAN 'Linwood Barclay is a stone-cold pro' JOE HILL
Fiendishly full of twists and turns this is one heck of a thrilling domestic mystery. Andy has finally moved on after his wife disappeared in suspicious circumstances, having been number one suspect he has hidden his past, however it refuses to remain concealed. I always look forward to a new Linwood Barclay novel, he has the ability to send chills coursing through your veins, while encouraging thoughts to rummage in dark recesses. I always have confidence in the writing and throw myself in with abandon, giving myself up to the new world I’m about to enter. The characters here are intriguingly complicated and various viewpoints hit thoughts and sending them spinning. My suspicions levels spiralled and worked overtime, I didn’t trust anyone and my wariness conspired against me. While the main storyline runs, various subplots dig in alongside and ensure you never settle. Highlighting the secrets and lies that can rip apart second chances, Take Your Breath Away is an absolute blast of a read.
The multi-million copy internationally bestselling author and master of the shocking twist, Linwood Barclay, is back with a nail-biting new thriller which will keep you awake all night . . . Paul Davis forgets things. Why he walked into a room. Who he spoke to, and what they said. What he promised his wife he'd do. Sometimes it's too much, and the panic takes hold. But he wasn't always like this. Eight months ago, Paul was attacked - left for dead after seeing something he shouldn't have - and has been piecing his life back together ever since. During the days, therapy helps. But at night, he hears noises that no one else can. That nobody believes. Sometimes he thinks someone is in the house. Other times, the sounds are far stranger. Either he's losing his mind - or someone wants him to think he is. Or maybe something even darker is waiting downstairs . . .
Tenth Anniversary edition of the million-copy, bestselling novel No Time for Goodbye with a special introduction from Linwood Barclay. 'One of the world's finest thriller writers' Peter James * The house was silent. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia wakes one morning to discover that her entire family - mother, father, brother - have vanished. No note, no trace and no return. Ever. Now, twenty-five years later - with a family of her own - a letter arrives which chills Cynthia to the core. It leads her inescapably down the path to the devastating truth behind why they left. Sometimes it's better not to know... * Praise for the masterful No Time for Goodbye: 'You won't get up until you've turned the last page' Michael Connelly 'Utterly riveting' Tess Gerritsen 'A terrific page-turner that keeps you in suspense' Peter Robinson
Don't stop running . . . the second edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite from international bestselling author Linwood Barclay for ages 9+ 12-year-old Jeff and genetically engineered spy dog Chipper are on the run from the mysterious and sinister government organisation knows only as The Institute. Due to a combination of bravery, luck and some of Chipper's more useful modifications, they've managed to evade their pursuers so far. But The Institute is closing in and Chipper and Jeff will have to be stay one step ahead if they want to stay alive.. Danger, secrets and thrilling suspense collide in Linwood Barclay's action-packed series for children.
*THIS BOOK WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN THE USA UNDER THE TITLE STONE RAIN* Zack Walker Mystery #4 Journalist Zack Walker has a dangerous habit of finding deadly stories. But this is one his good friend Trixie Snelling doesn't want told. It turns out Trixie has her fair share of skeletons in her closet and, as Zack discovers, a dead body in her basement. With other journalists circling the story - and no sign of Trixie, who has gone missing - Zack could find himself implicated in a murder, unless he finds out the truth fast. The bad news is: it will cost him his job, and teach him that everything he knows about his friend, his town, and even his marriage, is a lie. The good news? It hasn't cost him his life . . . yet.
*THIS BOOK WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN THE USA UNDER THE TITLE LONE WOLF* Zack Walker Mystery# 3 Journalist, family man, and paranoid writer Zack Walker visits his father's lakeside fishing camp. But the fresh air, childhood memories and peaceful contemplation are ruined when a body is found. Locals say the mutilated corpse must have been the victim of a random bear attack. But Zack Walker, as always, fears the worst. When another body is discovered, it seems there is a more deadly predator on the prowl. A Lone Wolf killer who is hell-bent on laying siege to the idyllic town. The fuse is lit and time is running out. Zack must face down a madman - or find out first-hand what the grand finale is . . .
Zack Walker Mystery #2 Much to his family's relief, stay-at-home writer Zack Walker finally gets a job outside of the house. Surely, becoming a journalist will keep his overactive imagination in check . . . Now in full-time employment, Zack's protective instincts must work over-time to keep his kids safe from dangers real and imagined. But while writing his feature article, Zack stumbles into the centre of a web of murder and deceit. What seems like a tragic accidental hit-and-run may actually be a far darker crime. And Zack will find himself in the dark about who the good guys are, what the bad guys want, and what he's started to uncover . . . The unlikely detective Zack Walker returns in this mystery thriller from the dark and witty mind of bestselling author Linwood Barclay. This is the first time that Linwood's debut series is available in the UK.
Zack Walker Mystery #1 Zack Walker is a writer with an overactive imagination and two teenage children. After a murder on their street, he uproots his family from the city - insisting it's for their own good - and heads for the security of the suburbs. However, his peaceful new life is soon shattered when he finds a body while out walking by the creek. Zack recognizes the dead man - and knows who his killer might be. Things go from bad to worse as Zack follows a trail of deceit that leads right to his front door. To protect his family - and so he doesn't get framed for a crime he didn't commit - he's going to have to track down the killer himself. Suddenly the suburbs are not looking nearly so safe . . . Linwood Barclay's debut novels, available for the first time in the UK.
Get ready to run . . . an edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite from international bestselling author Linwood Barclay, in his first novel for 9-12 year olds. Chipper is a very special dog. As part of a top-secret, multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy technology, Chipper's whole life has been spent within the walls of a secret organization known only as The Institute. Chipper is supposed to be more machine than mutt, but something's wrong and The Institute knows it. He's about to be terminated. Across the state, twelve-year-old orphan Jeff Conway is working all hours at his aunt Flo's lakeside cabin business. He misses his parents, his old life, and the dog he had to leave behind. When Chipper escapes and his and Jeff's paths collide, dog and boy find themselves tangled up in the most dangerous game of chase imaginable... Winner of the Arthur Ellis award for Best Kid's Crime Novel Danger, secrets and thrilling suspense in Linwood Barclay's action-packed first novel for children.
Der dritte Teil der spannenden "e;Trilogie der Lugen"e; von Bestseller-Autor Linwood BarclayAm Memorial-Day-Wochenende kommt es in der Kleinstadt Promise Falls (New York) zur Katastrophe. Hunderte Menschen mssen mit grippehnlichen Symptomen ins Krankenhaus - Dutzende sind bereits gestorben. Schnell machen die Ermittler das Trinkwasser als Ursache aus. Aber natrlich stellt sich fr viele, nicht zuletzt fr Privatdetektiv Cal Weaver, die Frage: Wer hat eigentlich etwas davon, das Trinkwasser zu vergiften?Detective Barry Duckworth hat unterdessen noch ein ganz anderes Problem: Eine College-Studentin ist ermordet worden, und die Handschrift des Killers war zuvor bereits bei zwei weiteren rtselhaften Fllen zu erkennen. Die Morde an den beiden Frauen konnten nicht aufgeklrt, der Tter nicht gefasst werden. Dennoch ergeben die ganzen seltsamen Vorkommnisse whrend der letzten Wochen pltzlich einen Sinn. "e;Hervorragend. Kann man einfach nicht aus der Hand legen."e; Stephen King
Bestsellerautor Linwood Barclay ("e;Ohne eine Wort"e;) schreibt seine "e;Lugen-Trilogie"e; weiter! Auf "e;Lugennest"e; folgt nun der zweite Band der Thriller-Reihe, "e;Lugennacht"e;. Alles beginnt mit einem Unfall. Das Autokino von Promise Falls wird schlieen und ldt zur letzten Vorstellung ein. Doch dazu kommt es nicht: Kurz bevor der Film beginnt, kracht die Leinwand herunter und begrbt vier Leute unter sich. Unter den Opfern sind Adam und Miriam Chalmer. Als am nchsten Tag in ihr Haus eingebrochen wird, zieht ihre Tochter den Privatermittler Cal zu Rate. Dieser entdeckt nicht nur ein geheimes Zimmer, das den vielsagend Namen "e;pleasure room"e; trgt, sondern auch, dass eine Menge DVDs mit pikantem Inhalt gestohlen wurden. Pltzlich gibt es eine ganze Reihe von Verdchtigen - und Cal beginnt sich zu fragen, ob der Unfall wirklich einer war... "e;Spannend, spannender, Linwood Barclay - mit einem Roman des kanadischen Bestsellerautors erlebt man Thrill-Time de luxe."e; Literaturmarkt.info
Bestsellerautor Linwood Barclay ("e;Ohne ein Wort"e;) ist zuruck! "e;Lugennest"e; bildet den Auftakt seiner neuen "e;Promise Falls"e;-Trilogie: Drei Thriller, die sich mit den Abgrunden einer amerikanischen Kleinstadt beschaftigen, deren Mitbewohner auch nicht vor Mord zuruckschrecken... Fr Promise Falls sieht es dster aus. In der Kleinstadt an der US-Ostkste gibt es kaum Perspektiven - und vor allem keine Jobs. Auch die Zeitung von Reporter David Harwood ist pleite, trotzdem steckt er seine Nase weiterhin in Sachen, die ihm merkwrdig vorkommen. Wie zum Beispiel in diese Geschichte mit dem Baby. Seine Cousine Marla schwrt, ein Engel habe es ihr gegeben. Aber es sieht eher so aus, als hinge alles mit einem brutalen Mord am anderen Ende der Stadt zusammen. Und das ist nicht der einzige Abgrund, der sich in Promise Falls auftut. Linwood Barclay ist "e;ein wahrer Spannungsmeister."e; Stephen King
It began with Broken Promise. Now the mystery deepens in the second of the Promise Falls trilogy. A freak accident has killed Lucy Brighton's father. And when she goes to his house, she's convinced that someone has broken in. She asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into it - but isn't prepared for what he'll find. Cal discovers a secret 'playroom' in the basement, complete with video equipment, and it looks as though there's a missing recording. How does the stolen DVD connect to the other disturbing events that are happening in the town? As Cal investigates further, and more people start dying in mysterious circumstances, it's clear that someone is targeting Promise Falls. But who - and how far will they go?
Familie Archer, vor sieben Jahren knapp mit dem Leben davongekommen, tragt schwer an ihrer Vergangenheit. Cynthia, die Mutter, hat das Trauma einfach nicht uberwunden und beschliet, eine Weile getrennt von ihrer Familie zu leben, um wieder ins Lot zu kommen. Der Grund ist nicht zuletzt die vierzehnjahrige Grace, die gegen die uberbeschutzende Haltung ihrer Eltern rebelliert. Terry, der Vater, versucht, seine Familie gegen diese Fliehkrafte zusammenzuhalten. Doch die Zeichen stehen auf Sturm: Die ganze Stadt ist in Aufruhr, weil sich in der Nachbarschaft der Archers ein brutaler Mord ereignet hat. Und Grace ist nicht ganz unschuldig an den Ereignissen.