Tawni O'Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels BACK ROADS, COAL RUN, SISTER MINE, FRAGILE BEASTS and ONE OF US. She was born and raised in the coal-mining region of Western Pennsylvania.
When a girl is beaten to death, Chief Dove Carnahan is faced with solving the worst crime of her law enforcement career. She identifies the young lady as a daughter of the Truly family, a notoriously irascible dynasty of rednecks and petty criminals. During her investigation, the man convicted of killing Dove’s mother years earlier is released from prison. Still proclaiming his innocence, he approaches Dove with a startling accusation and a chilling threat that forces her to face the parallels between her own family’s trauma and that of the Trulys.
As a boy, forensic psychologist Sheridan Doyle (aka Danny Doyle) was plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother. Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, Danny comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past and himself.
As the only one in the family without magic, Makeda has decided to move out on her own and make a life for herself among the claypicken humans. But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to find her own power --- and reconcile with her twin sister, Abby --- if she's to have a hope of saving him.