This is a very good murder mystery with some nice twists.
Patrick Bannister is back at Black Lake to attend the funeral of his mother, who he hasn't seen in 15 years. He has become a writer for a national magazine as soon as he finished college. He and his mother lived in an abusive household, with Patrick being foisted off to his uncle, Warren, quite a bit. Warren is a senator and therefore, has a lot of money.
Patrick's mother was extremely psychologically abusive while he was growing up. His father died when he was very young and Warren was really the only father-type figure he knew as a child.
Warren tries to re-connect with Patrick at the funeral and Patrick agrees to go back to the house to see if there is anything that he may want. He goes into the basement and acquires a box filled with small things that belonged to him when he was a child.
Within the box is a child's necklace, a St. Christopher's medal, that he does not remember. He is curious enough to want to find out what his mother's need for holding on this necklace was.
There was a horrendous death of a 3 year old child, Nathan Kingsley, that had never been solved, and the necklace belonged to Nathan. Nathan's mother then committed suicide and the story just takes off from here.
Patrick slowly finds clues about the connection between his mother, Warren, and Nathan. The twists are delicious and twisty enough to encourage you to want to finish and discover all that is involved.
Really good writing by Andrew Kaufman. There are times that things become a little confusing, but it makes you want to continue to be able to figure it all out.