Fourteen years after she left home in Minnesota, Abby Walters began having the dream again. The nightmare always involved a table set for two, a chandelier, and Abby being buried alive with the taste of dirt in her mouth. However, this time the dream is different in one way: Abby also hears the name Claire Ballantine. After learning that her grandmother was once best friends with Claire, Abby returns home to Makade hoping to find some answers to her nightmares. After an unexpected reunion with her old high school crush Aiden MacKenzie, now a detective with the Makade Police Department, Abby finds herself digging into the past when a love triangle involving a married couple and a young woman ends tragically for all concerned.
There is a mesmerizing almost dreamy quality to Sardar’s writing, which perfectly suits her debut novel. Put this together with a twisted plot rich in old secrets, modern day crimes, hidden passions, and chilling suspense – all of which are expertly employed by Sardar as literary building blocks – and you have the kind of novel Hitchcock would give his eyeteeth to film.