This new novel took a couple of years to write, with interruptions. Revisiting my ’70s youth was wonderful, plotting a murder mystery–not so easy! I hope that readers find their way to this book and enjoy it, even if it’s not their usual genre.
It’s the last summer before high school, and Rachel Walsh is tired of being the “good girl.” During a late-night bike ride back from a forbidden party, she sees a shadowy man dumping a tarp-wrapped bundle in a roadside ditch. When she returns to investigate the next day, the bundle is gone. The news soon reports a pattern of missing girls and Rachel is haunted by the fear she witnessed the bitter end of one of them.
After confiding in her coworker Carl, a scifi nerd who may have a crush on her, Rachel discovers a clue that shines a dark spotlight on her safe little world. She grows suspicious of several trusted adults and investigates them. But playing junior detective could be a deadly game if a murderer learns Rachel saw him dump a body.
During this sultry summer of Star Wars in a small Ohio town, Rachael loses her longtime best friend to a cooler crowd, starts her first real job, makes new friends, and learns the adults in her life aren’t infallible and danger lurks even in her safe cocoon.