It has been five years since Alma has been in her hometown of Billings, Montana, and she had no plans of returning any sooner. She was happy to leave her past in the past. (sorry for the cliché). Her plan to stay away was derailed when news of her younger sister’s sudden death. Vicky was found face-down in the Montana winter snow…apparently from exposure. However, there are some things that just do not add up…things that make this death appear to be more of a murder than an accident. For example: why was Vicky out in the cold…alone so late at night? Why were there wool fibers found stuffed into her mouth? Then there are the threats coming from Rick Burlington who wants to buy the home place (Alma & Vicky’s family home) in order to mine on it….just how dangerous is he?
Vicky was the wild sister…who dappled in drugs and alcohol ans was pregnant at 16. All these behaviors started after the tragic accident that killed both their parents and left Vicky crippled. Alma went in the opposite direction of her sister and went to college and earned a law degree. She works in Seattle in a big law firm and is ready to make partner. Now her plans have altered and she is on her way to Billings to open old wounds and discover the truth to her sister’s death.
I loved the descriptions of Montana and the small town feel of the book. I loved the story of Alma and her old boyfriend, Chance….it was a bit predictable…but enjoyable.