I like books by this author, who is also a real crime writer. While some of the situations seem somewhat unrealistic, I wound up wondering if they were loosely based on true situations. The story introduces us to a new heroine, Detective Megan Carpenter, a detective with her own past who is now working for a small town police force in the remote Pacific Northwest. She is approached by a fundamentalist woman who is concerned about her sister, who is also a fundamentalist living off the grid in Snow Creek. Several stories come together here: that of a lesbian couple also living remotely and who discover a body and conceal it, as well as other colorful characters who have chosen this lifestyle. Too many details would lead to spoilers, and I hate those reviews, but I will say that while some of these characters are unbelievable, I suspect that they are more real than I'd like to think. It was an interesting glimpse into strict, paternalistic Christian faiths and the problems with this (some will hate this book as a result) and the novel has several twists and turns. As other reviewers state, it does end on a cliffhanger, but in my opinion, not one that interfered with the solving of the crime at hand and the conclusion if the main mystery. I eagerly await the next in this series.