Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can— maybe—help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .
Interesting story greatly undermined by Testerman's uneven dialog writing skills and apparent lack of planning for sub-plots - many sub-plots remain open and unanswered at the conclusion. Much of the dialog consists of one-word broken phrases and interruptions that break up the flow of the story telling, and indeed, become an exercise in frustration to read. This is unfortunate, since the premise holds so much promise.read more