His story hit the local news, and he was thrown into a social system that only seemed to exist to make him feel like he was crazy. Ultimately he was placed with a wonderful set of foster parents, but school was a different matter entirely. He was treated like a freak, and turned into an outcast whose only comfort was a notebook, in which he obsessively drew page after page of what happened on that fateful night.
When he started his senior year of high school four years later, he expected it to just be more of the same. He never dreamed that he'd meet two amazing girls named Tina and Sarah who actually wanted to hear his story. Not only did they believe him, but they made it their mission to try to find him some answers.
Their search eventually leads them to a woman named Patricia Samuels, the caretaker and record keeper of a library full of lost information. Her books, some dating back centuries, contain some of the answers they're looking for. To get the rest of the story however, she'll have to fly out to Ohio to visit an old man who could hold the key to everything they've been looking for.
Origins is book 1 in the Unseen Things series. It's an introduction to the characters, as well as the overall theme of the series itself.
As it turns out, being a private detective isn't as glamorous as they make it look on television. It comes with certain indignities and moral issues that she'd never really considered before. Not only that, but her new boss, Frank, seems to delight in going out of his way to piss her off. The only thing he seems to enjoy more than pissing her off, is complaining about how horrible her coffee is. Still, for some reason that she can't seem to figure out, he also goes out of his way to help her succeed in any way he possibly can.
Frank can be terribly passive aggressive, but he's nothing compared to his sister Kayla. She's like a nightmare on wheels, with no empathy, and no filter whatsoever. You never know what's going to come out of her mouth next, but it's a safe bet that it'll be something infuriating. When your temper is already the stuff of legends, having to deal with someone like her, without the encounter ending in a murder rap, requires a tremendous amount of willpower.
The one thing that Cindy has going for her is that she's got a super high aptitude for the job. All she needs to do in order to succeed is to learn how to control that legendary temper of hers, work hard, and most importantly, learn how to make a decent cup of coffee. The first two are relatively simple. The third...not so much.