“Shema Israel, Adonai Elohanu, Adonai Ehad.”
I sat up in bed, the words of the dream still echoing in my mind. I hadn’t understood them then, but I remembered them completely now. It was a prayer—the prayer Jews are most likely to say when dying.
After the shocking murder of her husband, Ros and her baby relocate to her childhood home to live with her parents. Palm Springs, California—full of sunlight, small and safe—should be the perfect place to bring up a child. But things are not always as they appear.
Soon, an unexpected tragedy sets a dangerous series of events into motion. Someone, it seems, is out to get Ros. As she struggles to uncover the identity of her mysterious enemy, Ros finds herself looking for answers in the most unusual places. Could the attacks have something to do with her increasingly disturbing dreams? And how many people close to her need to get hurt before she figures it out?
Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of more than 45 books for children and young adults. She writes in all genres, from historical fiction to fantasy, science fiction to contemporary. Past Crimes is her first book for adults, although it also crosses over into young adult and was originally marketed as YA. Carol hates books being squeezed into categories and would like people of all ages to read her books.
Carol’s books have won over 100 awards and honors and have been published all over the world in more than a dozen languages and multiple editions. Her awards include: a New York Times Notable Book Award; Finalist, National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature; The Canadian Jewish Book Award; The Sydney Taylor Award; the inaugural Silver Birch Award; the Geoffrey Bilsen Award for Historical Fiction for Young Readers; as well as two nominations for Canada's prestigious Governor General’s Award.