"It's been two months since private investigator Cal Weaver's teenage son Scott died in a tragic accident. Ever since, he and his wife have drifted apart, fracturing a once-normal life. Cal is mired in grief, a grief he can't move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment. Because driving home one night, he makes his first big mistake. A girl drenched in rain taps on his car window and asks for a ride as he sits at a stoplight. Even though he knows a fortysomething man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is a fool, he lets her in. She's the same age as Scott, and maybe she can help Cal find the dealer who sold his son the drugs that killed him. After a brief stop at a roadside diner, Cal senses that something's not right with the girl or the situation. But it's too late. He's already involved. Now Cal is drawn into a nightmare of pain and suspicion. Something is horribly wrong in the small town of Griffon in upstate New York. There are too many secrets there, too many lies and cover-ups. And Cal has decided to expose those secrets, one by one. That's his second big mistake"--… (more)
When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a ride - even when she starts tapping on his window. But when he realizes she's one of his son Scott's classmates, he knows he can't really leave her to the mercy of the weather and who knows what else.
Cal's well aware that inviting a teenage girl into his car might not be the smartest move, but then again, how much harm could it do?
During their short journey, Cal discovers that Claire Sanders is not all she seems. But nothing prepares him for the consequences of trying to help her out. The next morning he finds he's gone from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, with one girl dead and another missing, he's suddenly at the centre of a deadly puzzle that reaches right through the small town of Griffon - from its bullying police force to its strangely furtive mayor - and finally to one family's shocking secret.