|Plot Summary of The Burning of Rachel Hayes|
Five Star, Nov 2004, 25.95, 339 pp.
Veterinarian Dr. David Westbrook relocates to Algoma, Michigan after two years in prison for hitting a cop. David had been drinking away his sorrows over the loss of his beloved child to leukemia and ultimately his marriage when he lost it. Now he plans to start over in this remote northern community.
David hears a woman screaming for help;. He drives until he finds Brenda, whose eight year old son fell into a well. David convinces the much bigger and stronger Brenda to let him climb down while she anchors the tent nylon that he will use and eventually pull them up. He rescues Bobby, but sees a corpse in the well.
The official excavation at the well digs up the remains of a trapper and the skeletons of Rachel Hayes and her dog, who died in the Great Fire of 1871. The local sheriff suspects David did it. David makes inquiries into Rachel's death as unexplained happenings seem to surround him including falling in love with an older woman.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
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