“And that is how it happened. Can we stop now?”
Kimberly Crepeaux is a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well-known to her rural Maine community. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story — particularly when she implicates Mathias Burke, a man of impeccable reputation, with no history of crime, drugs, or violence.
But Rob Barrett, the FBI interrogator who specializes in discerning a true confession from a lie, is convinced that she’s telling the truth. He knows, as strongly as he’s known anything, that Kimberly’s story — a grisly, harrowing tale of a hit and run fueled by dope and cheap beer that becomes a brutal stabbing in cold blood — is how it happened. But one thing remains elusive: where are Jackie and Ian’s bodies?
After Barrett stakes his reputation on the truth of Kimberly’s confession, only to have the bodies turn up 200 miles from where she said they’d be, shot in the back and covered in a different suspect’s DNA, the case is quickly closed and Barrett forcibly reassigned. But for Howard Pelletier, the tragedy of his daughter’s murder cannot be so tidily swept away. And for Barrett, whose career may already be over, the chance to help a grieving father may be the only one he has left.