Amy MacKinnon is a former congressional aide and freelance writer. She lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and their three young children.
A murder-mystery with some nice twists and although the final one is easily guessable, it was satisfying discovering that I was right. See what you think. Clara, our reclusive heroine, enjoys her work preparing the dead for their loved ones and families to view. She is still haunted by memories of an unidentified and horribly murdered child whom she prepared a few years ago. The crime was never solved and the death of an apparently innocent man now reopens the case. What ensues has echoes of The Lovely Bones to it. Atmospheric and dark, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable read and a highly accomplished first novel. Comparison: Alice Sebold, Jodi Picoult, Kim Edwards.
At times both haunting and thrilling, a woman is forced to reconcile with her own haunted past to save a child from an abusive household in this novel that explores the ties that bind us together Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn't believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. Her carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlor, desperate for a friend. It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between the stead-fast existence of loneliness and the perils of binding one's life to another.