Karyn Good grew up on a farm in the middle of Canada's breadbasket. Under the canopy of crisp blue prairie skies she read books. Lots and lots of books. Eventually, she migrated to the city, fell in love, married and started a family. Occasionally, she picked up a pen and paper or tapped out a few meagre pages of a story on a keyboard and dreamed of becoming a writer when she grew up. One day she knew without question the time was right. What to write was never the issue - romance and the gut wrenching journey towards forever.
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.