A single moment is about to change Sloane Monroe's life forever ...
On an early winter morning, college student Shelby McCoy walks the quiet, snowy path back home. A tree branch snaps in the distance. Then another. A man is there with her, following close behind, whispering her name. She looks back, sees him gaining on her, and runs. Who is this man, and why is he carrying a gun?
Cade let out a long, tired breath. “I don’t feel like talkin’ to anyone right now. I just wanna get out of here.”
I slid my hand inside his. “Why don’t we head to the truck and sit for a few minutes before we drive to the cemetery?”
He nodded, and we stood, walking together toward the back door. A few people reached out along the way, patting him on the arm, giving him a smile. Cade’s puffy, swollen eyes hid the tears he wouldn’t let fall. He focused on the ground, never lifting his head until we reached the back door. He pushed it open, and we stepped out.
A loud bang pierced the air, the sound of a gun being fired at a relatively close range. My head whipped around as if in slow motion, processing what had just happened, even though it seemed more like a dream than reality. I squinted, focusing in the direction the sound had come from. A man in a ski mask, dressed head to toe in black, darted out from behind a vehicle, pausing a few moments to meet my gaze before running toward a tree-lined hillside behind the building.
I was too stunned to move, my feet planted on the ground like they’d been strapped to weights. I turned toward Cade, blinking in disbelief as the present moment came into focus again, and the awareness of what had just happened hit me. Cade had been shot, blood dripping from his forehead onto his suit. He glanced at me and then released my hand, his body slumping to the ground.
I fell to his side, hovering over him, screaming.
About the Author
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Bradshaw writes in the genres of mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, and supernatural suspense. To date, she has published almost two dozen novels and novellas, including her New York Times bestselling mystery series based on a sassy, OCD challenged private eye named Sloane Monroe. In 2013, Bradshaw’s fourth novel in the series, Stranger in Town, was a finalist for a Shamus Award, and that same year, book three in the series, I Have a Secret, won best thriller of the year from eFestival of Words. She was raised in California and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.