For murderinos who know not to trust anything too charming
Emily Ellis knows her talent as an artist has a purpose: to tell the stories of girls who are no longer able to tell their stories themselves. Girls are dying in the town of Volga, and no one seems to be talking about who or what is behind their deaths.
Mill’s brushes do the talking. They’re special handmade brushes with unique bristles, and they seem to have a connection to the girls and what happened to them. There’s only one person who knows how dark that connection is. And he wants nothing more than to take the talent from each girl for himself, including Mills.
Richard Teft would rather live life recklessly numb than face the suffocating reality around him. Beautiful blonde women in Samhale County are being murdered right under his nose, and if he stopped drinking himself into darkness long enough to investigate, he might be forced to accept personal responsibility for their last breaths.
One by one, another pretty face joins the parade of dead women, but there is one Richard is terrified will join the lineup: Amy Jones, the sunshine of Samhale, who makes the butterflies in his stomach fly in drunken loops.
With broken memories of blonde ringlets wrapped around his fingers and dead eyes filling him with guilt, could his blackouts be a coincidental happenstance? Or are the suffocating demons inside of him dark enough to steal the last breaths of the woman he loves?
Fey Anderson has always dreamt about escaping the crowded streets of Saint Paign. Soura Heights appears to be the picture-perfect place to run to: A place where the sun is always shining, the people are welcoming, and the quirky charm of every locally owned store feels like home.
She never expected her move there to be forced upon her. But when her husband, Bruce, goes missing, her deepest fear becomes reality and determination drives her to drop city living and find the truth behind his death. The small-town sheriff says there was no foul play. He claims there was no struggle, but Fey knows better. Bruce’s death was no accident and she’s resolved to prove it.
As Fey finds herself weaving effortlessly into the small town fabric, she discovers that things aren’t always as they seem. Secrets start to unravel at the seams and Fey wonders if facing the one thing she never dared, the forest, will give her clarity or take her life as well. The only way to find out is to put her faith in a friend and find an internal strength she never knew she had.
It’s all about survival in Soura Heights. Will Fey uncover what happened and bring justice for her husband, or will she be the next to fall?