When Katie was a teenager, a tragedy happened in her family. Her brother, walking home, was attacked by a stranger who was caught cutting him severely, leaving him with lifetime scars. Katie felt responsible as she was supposed to walk home with him, but had sent him off by himself while she spent time with her boyfriend.
Years later, Katie married that boyfriend and now has a baby with him. Her brother, Chris, hadn't been so lucky. Scarred physically and emotionally, he ended up turning to drugs to blot out the world and has wasted years in drug addiction.
Now someone is killing in their town and Katie feels her family being pulled in. The police believe the killings are somehow related to a serial killer caught in the vicinity years ago known as The Angel Maker as he killed young children, sending them to Heaven. The latest victim of this killer was an older man who was also Chris' employer now that he has been sober for a while. But it seems that this killer's next target may be Chris or even Katie or her child. Can the police and Katie unravel the mystery before another murder occurs?
Alex North has become a dependable name in the suspense genre. His plots often seem like disparate threads to begin with but slowly weave together, racketing up the terror as they come together. The roots of Katie's problems go back decades and explores the question of what we owe our original families as we grow up and form new families. This book is recommended for mystery and suspense readers.