Amy is the perfect landlady. But she does have some ground rules… Kate has always dreamed of a life in music. And now she’s finally done something about it – giving up her steady job, moving to the city to enroll in a degree program at a prestigious college. Needing a place to live, she answers an ad and moves in with Amy who seems a nice lady – mothering and protective. At first Kate is glad to have some support in this strange city, but gradually Amy’s presence becomes more and more stifling – it just seems so hard to get away from her. And every time Kate tries, something terrible happens…
When Bobby Parrish discovers severed body parts in the local canal, so begins a tangled web of events tethered to the darkest secrets of Lorendale—a town accustomed to delinquency, but unprepared for the truths to be pulled kicking and screaming into the light. The evidence points to only one suspect, a man whose questionable involvement in another suspicious death continues to haunt the community one decade later, yet whose exoneration and attempts to rebuild his life since have not spared him from persecution. In the middle of all of this are a newly promoted police chief, her erstwhile former partner, and a county judge trying to drive a wedge to the rhythm of his own agenda, as the canal flows, concealing as much as revealing what lies beneath.