THE DEAD LIE
"A riveting, no-holds-barred roller coaster of a book, soaked in equal measure with evocative atmosphere and compelling mystery."- Rocky Hirajeta, author of What the River Buries
“Nothing good comes from digging up the past. Let the dead lie.”
Lana needs to know the truth. Why have her parents lied to her all her life? Now that they’re dead, she’s on a mission to learn their secrets. They involve murder, a curse, and the Mafia.
You can't wash away your past.
You can run. You can hide. But in the end, the past catches up with you.
Lana, a young mother who suffered a traumatic event 11 years ago, has been living under an assumed name. When she visits her hometown to check if it’s safe to reclaim her identity, Lana suffers several mishaps. Then her parents are killed in a car crash. Lana blames herself and her past mistakes until she discovers her mom and dad weren’t who they claimed to be, leading her to suspect their secrets may be responsible for their deaths.
Lana returns to her family’s native Croatian village to visit her grandmother in hopes of learning the truth about her parents and the reason they died. When she meets the villagers, they slam their doors in Lana’s face at the mention of her father. Meanwhile, the near misses that happened back home follow her to Croatia, as does a tall, dark stranger.
Lana probes into the village’s past and uncovers a cold case and a decades old curse, bringing out the ghosts of the past and putting herself in the same danger her parents ran from years ago.