As Ann Kern starts her new business as an interior decorator, the temperatures have risen, tulips and daffodils are in bloom and there’s a feeling of endless possibilities in the air. She has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down.
When Janis Riley, a woman for whom money is no object, contacts Ann to redecorate her house, she is elated. But the initial visit with her first client leaves her with mixed emotions. Why did Janis react so strangely to seeing a photo of Davey, Ann’s six-year-old son?
But Ann has bigger problems. Her husband, David, a recovering alcoholic, has lost both his mother and his job and Ann worries that he’ll start drinking again. To add to her concerns, their next-door-neighbor, Dorothy Baker, is severely depressed but Ann’s efforts to help her are rebuffed.
Ann is terrified when she wakes up the day before Easter to find Davey gone. Another child, Kelly Kramer, has been missing since December. Where are the children? And what, if anything, can Ann do to get her son back?
“Ann wasn’t sure how much more she could take. So many questions. Policemen, plain clothes detectives, all traipsing through their apartment, asking her the same things over and over again. The faces and the questions were all starting to blur together. Her head throbbed and her whole body ached.
She couldn’t stop the thoughts that rushed through her head. There were so many sick, demented people in the world today, people who used and abused children. Pedophiles. Child pornographers. Child traffickers. What if one of them had her son? If I have to lose Davey, God, please let it be to someone who will love and take care of him. Not to someone who will harm him.
Her own questions kept playing on and on in her head too, haunting her. Where could Davey be? Did someone climb into his window and abduct him? The window she had left open all night. How could she have been so careless? So stupid? I want my little boy back!”
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