Dundurn Press, January 2023
While exploring the rugged landscape of Vancouver Island’s Pacific coast, Amanda is drawn to a reclusive old artist living off grid on a remote island and known only as Luke. She senses a traumatic secret from his past, but just as he begins to trust her, the body of a surfer washes up on the beach. As suspicion falls on the strange hermit living in the nearby forest, Luke flees deep into the interior.
What is the connection between the victim and Luke, and what does it have to do with Vietnam and a hippie commune from fifty years ago? Fearing Luke might do something desperate, Amanda searches for answers and races to find him before the police or the victim’s family get to him first.