"Cook ably strides the divide of being a ‘literary’ crime writer…"
George Gates is a reporter for the local Winthrop Examiner. He writes pieces on local flower shows, a few obituaries and anything else 'nice'. But life hasn't always been 'nice' for George. His wife died giving birth to their son, Teddy, and when the boy was only eight he was taken away and found dead some weeks later. Every day George wonders what Teddy would be like now seven years down the line. He also thinks about who took Teddy away and how different things would be if he had collected Teddy from the bus stop like he had promised on that last morning.
Now George has another mystery to solve – the disappearance of a local poet, Katherine Carr. Vanished twenty years ago without a trace, George is now reading her weird and wonderful novel which seems to be mixing fact and fiction - or is it all just fiction? Or all simply fact? It appears to be a diary of strange events leading up to the day Katherine disappeared?
Helped by a young girl called Alice who has a degenerative condition, the unlikely sleuthing pair read through Katherine's book to find out what happened to her on the night she vanished from life.