"The ominous text message Bear Wells received from his teenage daughter Jo simply said: "Come home." The Texas minister never imagined he'd rush back to find her cradling the dead body of her estranged friend Phoebe. Read more...
"The ominous text message Bear Wells received from his teenage daughter Jo simply said: "Come home." The Texas minister never imagined he'd rush back to find her cradling the dead body of her estranged friend Phoebe. While the death rocks Sugar Land, the apparent suicide seems like an open-and-shut case. But nothing is settled in the Wells household, especially for Jo. The deeper she digs into Phoebe's life, the more she realizes nobody knew her at all.
Bear found it hard enough dealing with Phoebe's skimpy Goth outfits, painful-looking piercings, and the outrageous scandals she brought to his idyllic Sugar Land congregation, but now it's his daughter who's acting out. Jo knows Phoebe caused major problems between her picture-perfect father and stepmom, but she has no idea what's at stake or whose lives are in jeopardy. Bear's painfully aware that his last private investigation resulted in a bullet wound, so when Jo sneaks out alone to confront her primary suspect, he's not only praying that he'll find her in time--he's asking forgiveness for what he may have to do to save her.
- ISBN-13: 9780425253465
- ISBN-10: 0425253465
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Publish Date: March 2013
- Page Count: 368
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds
Series: Sugar Land Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-01-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Sugar Land, Tex., minister Walker “Bear” Wells plays the role of a man of God much more than that of a detective, in Evans’s emotionally charged sequel to 2012’s Faithful unto Death. In the first chapter, Bear comes home to find his 15-year-old daughter, Jo, in her bedroom, cradling the body of troubled high school classmate Phoebe Pickersley, an apparent overdose victim. Jo refuses to accept that Phoebe deliberately killed herself with drugs. The bulk of the book traces the depressing arc of Phoebe’s life and her desperate search for connection, but nothing matches the intensity of the prologue, in which Phoebe lets herself into the Wells’s house shortly before her death, seeking a return to comforting childhood experiences. Bear’s common sense and devotion to family make him extremely appealing, but readers looking for structured investigation in their mysteries may feel let down. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Mar.)