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Boston police officer Abigail Browning has been upset for the last seven years by the unsolved murder of her husband Chris. Abby can't get past the fact that her FBI/lawman husband was murdered during their honeymoon in Mount Desert Island, Maine. Although Abby has received leads and tips over the years, her quest has always led to dead ends. Now, after receiving a mysterious tip via the telephone, Abby heads back to Mount Desert Island in order to solve Chris' murder. As Abby delves into the circumstances surrounding Chris' death, she begins to unravel the secrets lurking within the Garrison and Cooper families. The Garrison and Coopers are wealthy Maine families who shared close knit ties with Chris. Owen Garrison was one of Chris' best friends, and was the individual who found Chris' body the morning he was discovered fatally shot on the beach. Owen has always blamed himself for not being able to save Chris. Abby meanwhile harbors supsicions about Owen and his entire family. The Garrison family has been haunted by the tragic drowning some twenty years earlier of Doe Garrison, Owen's sister. Abby cannot rid herself of the belief that Doe's mysterious drowning death is somehow related to Chris' murder. When Abby continues to receive mysterious phone calls warning her that "things are happening on Mt. Desert Island", she fears that the killer may strike again. As Abby finds herself drawn romantically towards Owen, she joins forces with him to catch a killer before he strikes again.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   best friend Murder of certain profession?    -   lawmen Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   husband/wife boy/girlfriend investigators Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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