Stranded one night during a violent sandstorm in the California desert, Lucas Tunney sees something that scares him senseless. Was it really the ghost of a young child that appeared to him through the swirling mass of dust and debris, or was the vision simply a figment of his imagination, brought on by stress and exhaustion? Although almost sure the sighting was genuine, there remains a lingering doubt.
After he's rescued by an accommodating motorist, Lucas accepts an offer of employment in the nearby town of Cutter's Grove. A few weeks later he's told about the mysterious disappearance of an eleven-year-old girl that took place a year earlier. Shown a picture of the missing child Lucas suddenly realizes his experience in the desert was, indeed, real.
But now he's faced with the problem of what to do with this knowledge. Going to the authorities is out of the question. He'll be locked up for sure based on irrefutable evidence of insanity if he starts expounding on the existence of ghosts. It seems he has little choice in the matter - he has to try to determine the circumstances surrounding the girl's fate on his own and, in the process, learn who might have been responsible.
Lucas' search for answers will leave him questioning everything he thought he knew and will forever change his life.
Amazon Reader Reviews:
"I would definitely recommend this book, even to those who might normally shy away from ghost stories."
"Patrick Dakin takes the reader on a wild ride of paranormal, romance, crime, suspicion all in the backdrop of a seemingly sleepy little town. I loved it and was guessing to the end."
"Once again, Patrick Dakin delivers. Love this author and loved this book."
"Awesome book!! This is the best mystery I've read in a long, long time!!"
"I got this book by Patrick Dakin because I had just finished reading his brilliant 'Deathbed Confession.' This book is also excellent and so very different from the other, which shows just how talented the author is."
"Full of action, suspense, murder, love, jealousy, etc. A great joy reading and hard to put down. Great ending!"
"This book started out reminding me of Stephen King's style somewhat ... this guy can write."
"The mental imagery is amazing."