Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Mystery/Thriller (2021)*
Fourteen-year-old Tessa Ryker hears shots. Sees someone leaving her home. The sharp tang of gunpowder invades her senses as she enters the house. Before she understands what she smells or her eyes adjust from the outside brightness, she covers her mouth in horror. Her mother dead on the hallway floor. Her father dead in the living room a gun in his hand.
It looks like he killed his wife and then himself. But Tessa knows what she sees isn’t true. She saw the killer. Knows who he is.
Who can she tell? Who will believe her?
Tessa Ryker’s running scared, seeking a place to hide, to disappear before the killer discovers she saw him and finds her. Now everyone’s after her: the killer, the police and Rachel Cord and her Confidential Investigations team.
*The Rainbow Awards is an annual contest celebrating outstanding work in LGBTA fiction and nonfiction.
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