- Mandy Wilks, sixteen and missing
- Frank Rath, current PI and former police detective with a teen-age daughter of his own.
- Sonja Test, Canaan's "forensics team-of-one", mother & marathoner
- Harland Grout, detective on the Canaan police force
- Ned Preacher, the man who murdered Rath's sister and who's up for parole...and out for revenge
What: Girls are going missing without a trace; beautiful Mandy Wilks is just the latest victim. And no one knows why...or who is taking them. But Rath is determined to find a connection and figure out the truth, while keeping his own daughter, Rachel, safe.
"Wherever there were girls, some would go missing, plucked like errant threads from the fabric of everyday life and cast into a lurid nightmare of someone else's making. Movies created suspense out of a 'forty-eight-hour window' cops had to find a girl alive, as if kidnapped girls had a 'kill-by" date. The colder reality remained: A girl gone missing against her will, nine times out of ten, was dead within three hours."The Verdict: I didn't love this book, but I did like it enough to want to read the sequel, and not just because of the cliffhanger ending in this one. Rath is a flawed, but dogged detective; I liked him more as the novel went on, but I think Sonja was my favorite character. I like the way she and Rath work together. Too bad she wasn't in this book more. The mystery surrounding Mandy's and the other girls' disappearances was good: interesting and intense, but not necessarily mind-blowing. I'm hoping the next one, The Name of Dead Girls, is better. That's why I'm off to put it on hold.