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Conor Reid has the perfect proposal planned. The detective with the Connecticut Police Major Crime Squad and his girlfriend Kate Woodward are vacationing at the posh Rhode Island Ocean House hotel. When they encounter Hadley Cooke there, their plans fall apart. Hadley is worried about her sister, renowned artist Maddie Morrison. Maddie and her six-year-old daughter CeCe are living at the hotel due to a contentious divorce. The two left the hotel as a blizzard hit, and haven't returned. When Hadley leaves to look for her sister, Conor and Kate follow. Hadley finds Maddie's murdered body, but CeCe is missing. Although Conor is sidelined from the official investigation, the Rhode Island police do keep him in the loop. He teams up to solve the case with his Coast Guard brother and Kate, who's knowledgeable about the art scene. The murder investigation and frantic search for the missing child tie together Maddie's past history as an artist and lover, in a story about the local community, jealousies, and greed. VERDICT Readers of Rice's previous novels involving art, family, and Conor (Last Day; The Shadow Box) will be most interested in this story, with its complicated conclusion.--Lesa Holstine

From the Amazon Charts and New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Box and Last Day comes a breathtaking thriller about a family shaken by lies, vengeance, and a cold-blooded crime.

A fierce blizzard is burying the eastern seaboard, but on the icy Rhode Island shore renowned artist Maddie Morrison finds warm sanctuary from a contentious divorce at the legendary Ocean House. Hours later, her body is found buried under a blanket of snow and her little daughter, CeCe, has disappeared without a trace.

For Detective Conor Reid; his brother, Tom, a coast guard commander; and Maddie's grieving sister, Hadley, the posh hotel becomes ground zero for an investigation. Trapped by the blizzard, they must hunker down and determine who in the young mother's life could have possibly wanted her dead. There are stories of a twisted romantic past. Of old jealousies and resentments that still cut to the bone. And a history of greed, rage, and revenge that created the perfect storm for murder. A storm that has just begun.

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