A prologue that sets the stage for what will happen in the future. A baby found dead haunting someone for many years. A community that though it was safe will learn what happens when a young 13-year-old girl named Bridget is missing. Her parents out for a pint instructing her to remain home. Why did she leave and who killed her in such a graphic and horrific way. Going to be crowned the May Queen and highlighted during the May festival Bridget was on cloud nine but someone wanted to stop her before she could enjoy it. But this is just the beginning of what is going to happen in this quiet small town in Ireland.
Taking time off from her teaching job due to a breakup in her relationship with someone she thought she could trust, Poet Maria Pell comes to the Irish village of Coomara, hoping to continue her research dealing with old myths and legends to publish another book of poems. But Bridget’s murder becomes front and center and when more girls are taken, Maria who has a special ability to tell a person’s aura and sixth sense, finds herself knee deep in the investigation.
Maria is doing research for her poems and is involved in finding out who killed Bridget when she gets hold of a journal or book by a young girl named Valerie and learns a lot about opinions about her and when confronted the shock of her saying Bridget sold drugs did not fit her image at all.
Deidre and her friend Joan led a group that prayed to gods and their prayers dealt with droids. Maria went to one of the prayer sessions and learned more about their ideals and the way they felt about the young people in the community and the kidnappings.
Inspector Finch was doing his best to protect the young girls, but someone was out to take as many as possible and even one fought back before she too was gone. Tessa is Bridget’s cousin and is now missing plus Maria is hoping to piece it all together when her ex shows up and is involved in an excavation and wants in on the investigation and offers to help.
As the characters personalities are revealed we learn that some tend to seek revenge. Revenge is a key issue within this novel as Maria realizes that Elizabeth reveals something she did as a child to get even with the women who fired her. Taking psychology, she was able to research using her text the first act of revenge when Bel’s offering to kill Cain. Then referring the Hamlet who slew his uncle and other vengeful themes. As more girls and a young 9-year-old boy are missing, Maria seems bent on getting in on the investigation, but will Inspector Finch use her abilities to solve the case?
Maria meets with the inspector and explains that the nine-year-old is missing, Kathryn or Katie is missing, Tessa and Bridget and who knows who is next. What about Danny who created the music for her song? What happened to his child and what about the first born of Iris, Bridget’s mom. No one seems to be safe in this small town. And when the inspector sends a car for Maria to come to the station to check out pictures that might help him find Mickey, who is it that takes shot at her?
Throughout the novel the author sites many historical events, how the murder of Bridget ties to the other girls that were kidnapped. All but one was related to her could this be some type of revenge to her family and why? Could someone in the village be kidnapping the girls? Plus, the fact that there was a sex trafficking ring in place too. Were they connected? What role did Timothy play and why did Bridget leave the house with him? The Kevin festival was supposed to be a special historical event what did Judy want her to know? Why didn’t she go to meet her? Why would someone kill her and why such a gruesome murder?
What is Hector’s connection to the kidnappings? Just how many people in this town had secrets and lies to hide? Maria goes over three murders and tries to connect them. Then what really happened to Iris’s son was he drown or was he alive? What role does Danny play?
Franco Milton. How does his murder connect to the kidnapping. Did he anger his boss or was he inept/ Bridge: She was a model child and connected with Coomara’s outcasts which brought her contact with the pedophile priest. Why was he still able to give rights, or hear confessions?
Lives would never be the same as Inspector Finch and Maria work together to figure out who was behind the kidnappings, why, who killed Judy, Bridget and why Maria was haunted as his described in the prologue by baby DOE? Elizabeth appeared upset, unable to eat or function and Old Sins come flooding back and what she relates you won’t believe. Can she be forgiven for the confession Maria hears? What will her result be? What about Iris Vale, what really happened to her son Alain? Lies, betrayals, historical events, poetry from different time periods and a novel that makes you wonder about the power of prayer, the power of God to lead you in the right direction and the power of REVENGE and its destruction. Author Lynne Handy takes us deep inside the minds of every single character who had something to hide, something that would cause them to commit a crime of some type and those that were left behind.
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