Rachel Marie is an American Fiction Author living in Chesapeake Virginia
After her involvement in a horrific tragedy, 17-year-old Cassie escapes to a new state to heal. While there, she finds comfort in friendly company in those oblivious to her past. Slowly, Cassie begins to remember what it's like to live again free of fear and judgment. But just before she can completely drop her guard, she's met with familiar challenges, some within her own family. The bonds she forms while in a new city won't erase the pain from the past, but can she hold onto her secret long enough to survive the summer?
Viciously abused in childhood, 32-year-old Katie Hawthorne has become a highly skilled and well-known child psychologist. With things going well at work and steady income flowing in, Katie's life feels like it's on the fast track until one afternoon, Jay, her estranged brother and former abuser appears at a family reunion.
After a 20- year separation, her infamous lying and manipulative brother assures her that he's turned over a new leaf, attempting to woo her by moving into her neighborhood. But just when Katie is on the verge of forgiveness, one by one, people in her surrounding area begin to disappear, and Katie finds herself questioning her own sanity on whether the dangerously unstable Jay she'd grown up with is truly gone, or if once again this is another one of Jay's attempts to get close enough to destroy her.
“A writer should be joyous, an optimist . . . anything that implies rejection of life is
wrong for a writer.”
- George Gribbin