Deep down inside, Jack knew he was a violent man. There’d always been a beast inside him, wanting to break out of its cage. He feared it. Jack knew what it was: hate, pure and simple. He’d locked it away, but the monster didn’t die; it grew. Part of him wanted to close his eyes and run from the blackness that burned through his veins, but now Jack embraced the hate—he released the beast.
Police Officer Jack Stratton is hiding. Hiding from the world. From pain. From the memories of losing his best friend, Chandler, in Iraq. Suffering from PTSD, and isolated from those he cares about, the last thing Jack expects to hear is Chandler’s sister is missing. The words cut straight to his core. Although the police think she just took off, he knows Michelle would never leave those she loved behind–like he did. Now Jack must take action, find Michelle and bring her home… or die trying.
The first novel in the runaway hit mystery series introduces us to handsome rogue, Jack Stratton, and his dark past. With a debt of honor to his fallen foster brother, Jack’s guilt drives him into a world of deception and lies. As Jack’s walls begin to crumble, he must navigate the quirky characters that seep into the mystery of his foster sister’s disappearance. And in the sleepy community of Darrington, like so many things in this world, nothing is as it appears to be. The hidden mysteries that often go unnoticed begin to emerge as Jack and his new unpredictable sidekick begin to turn over the rocks. Following a trail that has grown cold, Jack must tread carefully to protect his job, his family, and his own life.
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