When family secrets are unearthed, a woman’s past can become a dangerous place to hide…
After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us.
Ava is certain that it’s a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she’d been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church—and rescued—or so she’d been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story, so the questions of her abandonment were left unanswered. For Ava, now is the time to find the roots of her mother’s lies. It begins with the house itself—once the scene of a brutal double murder.
When Ava enlists the help of the two people closest to her, a police detective and her best friend, she fears that investigating her past could be a fatal mistake. Someone is following them there. And what’s been buried in Ava’s nightmares isn’t just a crime. It’s a holy conspiracy.
About the Author
Ellen J. Green was born and raised in Upstate New York. She moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University, where she earned her degrees in psychology. She has worked in a maximum security correctional facility in the psychiatric ward for fifteen years. She also holds an MFA degree in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. The author of The Book of James, Ms. Green lives in southern New Jersey with her two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ava Saunders was found 23 years ago, wrapped in a yellow blanket, and left at the doorstep of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church and was later adopted. Her adopted mother and family would never answer questions about her birth, her abandonment, and her natural parents. Now that her adoptive mother has died, Ava is looking for the answers that have always evaded her. Ava has found a photograph ,,, so far non-threatening ... showing an open door. When Ava locates the house, she finds that the two people living there were brutally murdered. And there have been more deaths.. with one thing in common ... the Church. And who is the man who is following her? And who wants her dead? This is a terrific mystery. I liked the characters, and the story premise is a good one. A few twists and turns along the way ... and a major surprise ... will keep you riveted to the pages. The one drawback is there is a cliff hanger. Good news .. the second book in this series, ABSOLUTION is already available. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / Netgalley for the digital copy of this Crime Mystery. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Twenty three year old Ava, has come home to her ill adoptive mother, Claire. Knowing that the family holds the key to her real birth mother, she has never gotten an answer to her questions and hopes answers will come as Claire's illness takes hold of her. Finding a picture of an old house with its door open, Ava sets out to uncover the secrets her family has bee harboring all these years. Along the way, Ava gains the trust and support of two colleagues from the courthouse, where she works as an interpreter. All she wants is to unravel the secret of the door and find out her birth mother's name and who she really is. As we often see in families, lies, deception, and secrets can tear families apart. But the story of this family takes things to a whole new level. While well written I couldn't put this book down once I got into it, I have to say that it was not love thanks to a less than satisfying ending. Overall it is a good read and will keep you in suspense.