Olivia Sealy was kidnapped when she was 2, after a ransom of a million dollars was paid, she was found in a mall. Now 25 years later a 2 year old's skeleton is found in a wall in a suitcase. Olivia's family have a distinctive genetic defect, which Olivia and the dead child share, they were born with 2 thumbs on one hand. The extra thumb was removed at birth. So who is this child? The same age as Olivia and with the same distinctive mark on her hand it sets the stage for mystery and murder.
Trey Bonney is a detective with the Dallas PD. He was also Olivia's first love. Their love was broken up by her grandfather who is very rich. Trey was from the wrong side of the tracks. Althought 11 years have past, he and Olivia have never forgotten each other.
The man who picked up the ransom has just been released from prison. The money was never found. Now after 25 years in jail he finds the money he hid was burned up in a fire. Although he did not kidnap Olivia or murder her parents, he knows who was involved. With the police hunting him now for answers to the murder, what will he do? Will he run or finally tell them what he knows.
As if this is not enough, we have an abortion clinic bomber who is insane because when the bomb went off, a church bus had broken down in front of the clinic and several children were killed. Now he thinks God has given him a chance to redeem himself by killing Olivia.
The thing I love about Dinah McCall/Sharon Sala is that her books may be very dark but at the end you find compassion and understanding for all. The ending of this book made me sad and unfulfilled, because of the infidelity, greed, hatred, and manipulation which led to the crimes. I found the lead characters to be 2-dimensional, very easily swayed, and at the end I just didn't feel that the story came together in a smooth way to bring closure. It was a very deep dark mess. I really don't know why I felt that way I just did. This is only my review and I can only tell you what I think and felt. But in my opinion it is not as good as the rest of her books.