Book editor Nina Madden combines business with family matters on a trip to Stone River on Maryland's eastern shore. The funeral of her stepmother, Olivia, turns up new information about Nina's father's conviction as a serial rapist-murderer in Mariah Stewart's Dark Truth. Meanwhile, true-crime writer Regan Landry is set to follow her father's superstar writing career. As Nina and Regan plot the launch of Regan's breakout book, Nina faces down the old scandal and challenges police detective Wes Powell to re-examine her father's case. Nina's determination to find out the truth about her father's past opens her to danger from someone who wants to keep the truth hidden. Wes came to her aid the day Nina's father was arrested years before, and now she needs him as well as Regan to help her in the quest for truth. As Nina and Wes seek to lay old ghosts to rest, attraction grows between them despite their best intentions. The truths revealed may be dark, but Stewart's story sizzles with light and sagacity. Sandy Huseby writes from Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in Minnesota.

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