Twenty-five years ago, Lauren Phelps and her sister Patty were kidnapped from their backyard on Long Island. Lauren escaped her captor, but Patty was killed.
Ever since, Lauren has suffered from nightmares of the “Shadow Man.”
Trying to recall his face and avenge her sister’s murder, Lauren, now a kidnapping investigator, enrolls in a clinical trial for a new memory drug.
At the offices of Memory Makers in California, she receives the injections of the Memory Makers’ serum, and begins to experience flashbacks of repressed memories. Along with the flashbacks, she receives threats from an anonymous source that point back to her childhood trauma.
Soon, Lauren becomes involved with a fellow trial participant who seeks to recall his own traumatic past. But can Lauren discover the identity of the “Shadow Man” before history repeats itself?
I was in the sandbox with Patty. Our father came out of the house to tell us he was waiting for an important call. “You girls can stay here and play.” He spoke to Patty, “Make sure your sister stays with you. I left the door open in case you want to go in and watch TV.”
“Who’s calling you, Daddy?” Patty asked, her blue eyes wide.
“No one you know, Baby Doll. I’m taking the call upstairs. I won’t be able to see you from there, but I’ll be as quick as possible.” And then he was off, striding with his long legs back to the house.
The dream changed scenes abruptly. Patty and I were tied up. I was crying, pushing at the ropes that bound me.
“Be quiet, Laurie. He’ll hear you.”
Then he appeared, a black shadow across the floor. I stopped crying. I was frozen. Large, hairy-backed hands reached out and untied Patty. “You first,” he said in a deep, commanding voice.
Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her seven published novels include the 4 books of her Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks, her paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, her mystery thriller Reason to Die, and her latest psychological mystery, Sea Scope. She also published a romantic comedy novella featuring a jewel heist caper, When Jack Trumps Ac. Debbie has also written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres. She is currently querying agents to represent the first book of a new cozy mystery series. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats.