In this contemporary and far reaching novel, the author describes the world of impressionable teenage girls and the manner in which they can be manipulate by men who prey on the innocent.
Michael Robotham's words are dramatically compelling as we follow the action.
Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin suffers from Parkinson's Disease but tries not to let his health deter him. His wife, Julianne, has left him and his eldest daughter, Charlie, age fourteen, shows her rebellious spirit.
When Charlie's best friend Sienna, shows up at Julianne's home but then runs away, Joe tries to find her and the answers and at the same time, hold on to his family.
Joe finally finds Sienna by the river bank, "huddled between the roots of a tree like a discarded doll."
She is almost totally unresponsive and her vulnerability touches Joe. She claims to be unable to recall what happened but a search of her home reveals that her father, Ray Hegarty, has been murdered.
This is only the beginning of a heart stopping story. We learn of Sienna's father's relationship to Sienna and to her older sister. Then we discover that there were things to learn about Sienna's social life.
The momentum builds as Joe confronts someone he suspects of taking advantage of Sienna only to have one door closed and another forced open as the story goes deeper and other suspects revealed.
This powerful novel is one that shouldn't be missed. It's not only a story that packs a punch but also delivers a message about teenage girls today and the adults who prey on their naivety.