Thomas Huston is a well-liked college professor, and recently published a bestselling book. Then, his wife Claire and their 3 children are found murdered in their home, and Thomas is nowhere to be found. Ryan DeMarco is assigned to the case. He knows Thomas, considers him a friend, and is determined to locate Thomas and find some answers. He find out that the novel Huston was currently researching/writing involved a woman named Annabel, so Ryan sets out to find her, hoping she can lead him to Thomas.
Alternating between Ryan's and Thomas' point of view, the facts come to light. This is a smartly written thriller, and if you're a literary geek, it contains references to Poe and Nabokov that you'll appreciate. If not, it's still a page turner!