Twenty-nine year old Alison Marshall has led a life filled with danger and challenges, fleeing from an abusive foster situation as a teenager. Since her escape, she’s worked and saved a nest egg and now is ready to settle down. When she reaches Florida’s beautiful Palmetto Island, she believes she’s found the right place to put down roots. And when she finds a little house on the beach that she can afford, she’s convinced this is the place she wants to live.

But there’s a dark side to Palmetto Island and Alison begins to wonder if she’s made the right decision. Should she abandon her plans to put down roots and just continue on to Key West, or is this where she’s meant to be?

There are plenty of twists and turns as a cold case becomes hot again and Alison is caught in the middle of Palmetto Island history.

Ms. Michaels gives you plenty of suspense in this summer read.

4 stars