Gwen Raine has it all: she’s an attractive, stay-at-home mom living in a tranquil community where everything seems right, yet so much can go wrong.
It’s a Friday morning in late summer, and Gwen is anticipating a long-awaited weekend away at the lake with her overworked husband, Brian, and their two young children. After dropping off her daughter at swim class, Gwen drives across town to purchase a bag of marijuana from Jude, an old boyfriend. On the way home, she gets into a car accident that leaves her bruised but the other driver dead. The local police can see the accident isn’t her fault, but when they find the weed in Gwen’s car, they throw the book at her. There have been problems with drugs in the schools, and the police are determined to crack down.
Meanwhile, Brian, a pharmaceutical company executive, is embroiled in an ethical dilemma over the marketing of a drug. And Jude has gotten in way over his head with his little side business.
Told from multiple perspectives and driven by psychological suspense and an escalating plot, this ambitious and deeply satisfying novel examines the moral complications that arise when one’s determination to do the right thing collides head-on with human fallibility and desire.