By Meg Gardiner
Dutton Books, Hardcover, 9780525952855, 368pp.
Publication Date: July 5, 2012
Rory Mackenzie is juror number seven on a high-profile murder case in her hometown of Ransom River, California. It's a place she vowed never to visit again, after leaving behind its surfeit of regret and misfortune and the specter of a troubled past that threatened to disturb the town's peaceful facade.
Brilliant yet guarded, Rory has always felt like an outsider. She retreated into herself when both her career aspirations and her love affair with a childhood friend, undercover cop Seth Colder, were destroyed in a tragic accident.
While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of the trial, Rory's return to Ransom River dredges up troubling memories from her childhood that she can no longer ignore. But in the wake of a desperate attack on the courthouse, Rory realizes that exposing these dark skeletons has connected her to an old case that was never solved, and bringing the truth to light just might destroy her.
Departing from her popular series novels, Meg Gardiner has gone deeper than ever into the utterly convincing lives and compelling pasts of her characters. "Ransom River" is an intimate crime thriller with a dark mystery at its heart one that will keep readers breathless until the very last page.
"If you read Sue Grafton, Lee Child, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connelly, or Nelson DeMille, you're going to think Meg Gardiner is a gift from heaven."
"Stephen King is absolutely right. Meg Gardiner is an astonishing writer...I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."
— Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Garden
"Crisp writing and a breathless plot make this a must-read for both newcomers and fans of [Gardiner's] Jo Beckett and Evan Delaney series."
"Edgar Award winner Gardiner (China Lake) delivers another smashing hit."
— Library Journal