for the 2006 Mary Higgins Clark Award
in the darkness, a stranger has her daughter . . .
Morgan thinks she's doing the right thing by taking her teenaged
daughter Bella into the Appalachians on a photography shoot. Fleeing
a crumbling marriage, Mac needs time to bond with her daughter
and escape the betrayal that still leaves her numb. But when a
drifter abducts Bella and carries her deep into the steep mountain
woods, Mac must draw on her deepest reserves to fight for her
daughter's safe return.
When her soon-to-be ex-husband arrives,
old wounds flare, and Mac turns to Caleb Howell, a local tracker
who helps keep her focused on the most important task: finding
Bella. Then astonishing evidence comes to light that reveals the
abduction was not as random as they first believed. As hours turn
into days, Mac struggles to keep her hopeand
her terrified daughteralive.
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