Sadie Nettleton ran from Slaughter Creek after a disturbing incident that happened when she was seventeen. She moved to San Francisco and became a psychiatric therapist who uses art therapy to help children who are the victims of crimes. When she ran, she left behind Jake Blackwood - the love of her life, her twin sister Amelia, and her grandfather.
Amelia Nettleton has alternate personalities including three-year-old Bessie, sexpot Viola, and teenage rebel Skid. She has been in and out of the Slaughter Creek sanitarium since she was three years old. She has spent years in a drugged haze.
Jake Blackwood has come back to Slaughter Creek after years in the military because he wants to find out what happened to his father who disappeared at almost the same time Sadie left him and to find a safe place to raise his motherless daughter Ayla. His experiences with Sadie and Ayla's mother have given him a firm distrust in women. He is also the sheriff who has to deal with the murder.
This twisted tale has murders, secret government projects, and lots of danger and suspense. It was a great thriller that sent chills up my spine on more than one occasion. I thought it was a less successful romance mainly because the event that caused Sadie to run and never look back was the sort of romantic deal-breaker that would be very hard to get over. Telling you what is was would be a spoiler even though it happens early in the book.
Read this one if you are looking for a complex, psychological thriller that will send chills up your spine.
A frown of disapproval furrowed Dr. Tynsdale's brow. "Amelia has been my patient for years, Sadie. You have to trust me."
Anxiety knotted Sadie's shoulders. That was the problem.
She didn't trust anyone anymore.