The year-old probation client of Gillian Jones abandoned her newborn baby. A car accident shattered the ankle and first marriage of probation-officer Gillian Jones. In her mid-thirties, Gillian has remarried and life would be perfect if only she had a child. Her year-old probation client, Jessica Coffers, abandoned her baby as a newborn. Jessica is now raising the rescued infant, even though some people in Bend Brook, Nebraska, are pressuring the county attorney to file additional charges.
Bob Johanson has cancer and needs some answers about his deceased daughter before he dies. Raised on a farm in northeast Nebraska, she now resides in Lincoln. She enjoys reading, cooking, non-competitive hiking, and spending time with her family. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations.
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Even though Jessica is now raising the rescued infant, some people in Bend Brook, Nebraska still consider her a cold-blooded killer and they are pressuring the coun Librarian Note: Even though Jessica is now raising the rescued infant, some people in Bend Brook, Nebraska still consider her a cold-blooded killer and they are pressuring the county attorney to file additional charges.
Bob Johanson has cancer and needs some answers about his deceased daughter before he dies. Over twenty years ago someone attempted to rape his daughter and used her childhood nickname of JoJo. Now Bob wants Gillian to identify the would-be rapist. Gillian considers the request a lost cause until details of the assault reveal that Bend Brook might be harboring a serial rapist. When the county attorney is murdered, Jessica is the prime suspect, but Gillian knows the killer sought old police reports that would identify the rapist. As Gillian struggles to uncover the truth, she finds the questions painful and the answers deadly.
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Adoption seems like the path to take, and Gillian knows the perfect child she wants to adopt. But there are complications to her adopting this child.
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Client, Jessica is on probation because she is believed to apparently have left her newborn son, Logan under a bridge but having second thoughts, went back to get him. Despite her change of heart, the fact that she was only charged with neglect and the fact that Jessica is proving to be a good mother, much of the town still considers her a "baby killer" and wants some sort of other charge to be levied against her.
But Gillian knows differently. She knows there is more to the story than Jessica will tell. But try as she might, she cannot get to the bottom of the real story of the night of Logan's birth. Jessica is a devoted mother, and feels comfortable with Gillian but evades questions that might answer some serious questions and restore her reputation. He is suffering from cancer and as he has little time left, he needs some hard answers to questions regarding his daughter JoJo's attempted rape over twenty years ago.
Gillian is beside herself, wanting to help a friend who needs closure but considering the situation one which time has buried its secrets. JoJo whose real name is Rebecca but was called JoJo from childhood until college when she was then called Becky. Bob needs answers as he not only is dying of cancer but is also mourning the loss of JoJo who died in in a car accident without revealing more about the attempted rape.
Gillian is reluctant to work on the case, but feels she needs to help a friend. At first things seem to be simple enough, until she begins to ask questions of JoJo's family and friends, and anyone else she can think about. When the county attorney is suddenly and brutally murdered during all of this, Gillian is more determined than ever to get to the bottom of the attempted rape. As she searches, she is surprised to discover what seems to be a pattern of similar rapes, leading her to believe that the rapist has struck more than once and knew his victims or at least did his homework to get to know them.
The fact that despite the fact that when the attempted rape occurred, JoJo was known only on campus as Becky, the rapist called her JoJo, tells Gillian that Bend Brook may be harboring its own rapist and doesn't even realize it. During this time, the district attorney is found dead, a victim of murder. What does his murder have to do whith all that is happening in town and who would want to murder him?
The list of questions grow. Meanwhile, as in all small towns, a church musical, run by Pastor Jim, is being prepped with Gillian's niece in the starring role.
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The reader cannot help but feel a bit uncomfortable when it comes to Pastor Jim and in fact Gillian finds him a bit odd herself with his green trimmed shoes which he claims he wears to "get closer to the kids. Craving something to do other than have his wife watch his every move and coffee intake, Sid agrees to call in some favors and see what he can do to help Gillian to solve this case.
What Sid finds also leads him to believe that helping Gillian could very well close six cases he left open when he retired.
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He is soon as involved within the mystery of the rapist as Gillian is. As Sid discovers a number of rapes which fit the profile of Becky, Gillian begins to suspect herself that the rapist is from Bend Brook. But who could it be? The list of suspects is long. Feeling confounded by all the brick walls she keeps running into, Gillian tries another attempt to find the would be rapist. Gillian finds Lark, Becky's old college roommate, who is presently working in a topless bar just as she had during college.
Egging the attacker on, Lark and Becky get the upper hand with the rapist fleeing the scene. Becky told Lark after all was said and done, that she knew the person but couldn't put her finger on who it was. They figure that if Pastor Jim appears, he must have a vested interest in the situation.