Patricia MacDonald delivers the chilling story of a woman who discovers that her own eyewitness testimony about her sister's abduction led to the conviction and execution of the wrong man-and that the real killer is still at large. When Tess DeGraff was nine years old and on a camping trip in New Hampshire with her family, a stranger kidnapped and killed her sister Phoebe. Thanks to Tess's eyewitness testimony, a man named Lazarus Abbott was arrested and convicted for the heinous crime. But twenty years later, a test reveals that Abbott's DNA does not match that of Phoebe's murderer. Driven by her fear that she may have sent an innocent man to his death, Tess and her adopted son, Erny, return to the New Hampshire town in which it all happened years ago. Stone Hill, New Hampshire, is still an idyllic New England town. Tess's courageous mother, Dawn, now runs the charming Stone Hill Inn. Tess's older brother, Jake, lives nearby with his wife, a local girl he fell in love with during the trial of his sister's killer. While Tess's family stands by her account of the crime, nerves are frayed throughout Stone Hill, and others in town accuse her of lying and view her as a murderer. In a race against time to untangle the truth about her sister's murder, Tess encounters an anti-death penalty lawyer, Ben Webster, a biased police chief related to the Abbotts, and an unknown killer who has Tess and Erny in his sights.
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"Ann Marie Lee's sensible tones are perfect for the character of Tess DeGraff as she struggles to keep the horrors of her childhood in perspective. A DNA test of the man executed for her sister's murder has proven his innocence. Tess, who was the witness in the case, returns to the once bucolic, now simmering New Hampshire town where the murder took place, determined to resolve her questions about what really happened. Lee's New Hampshire accents are impressive--but too much the same, from the sister-in-law to the sheriff. She does an excellent job at turning the villain's tones from charming to scary. As suspense builds and Tess's own son is kidnapped, Lee delivers a skillful performance. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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