Randall Haight is an intensely private man. He doesn't want his past known because he and a friend, killed a young girl when he was age fourteen.
After serving eighteen years, Randall was released from prison. The records were sealed and he and the other boy involved in the murder, were given new identities.
Someone was mailing pictures to him that showed the barn door where he and his friend murdered the girl.
Afraid that he'll be made the scapegoat if he tells the authorities about his past, he hires Charlie Parker to put a stop to it.
Parker has been haunted by the death of his own small daughter for years but takes the case because Haight's attorney speculates that the person harassing Haight might be Anna's kidnapper.
Midway through the story, Charlie begins to get messages that seem to be from his daughter, urging him to be careful. Another spirit is visiting Haight for a different purpose.
Connolly writes in a literary style that is delicious to read, "...there are other places that speak of the ferocity of the sea, of communities sheltering behind buttresses of black rock and shingle beaches against which the waves throw themselves like besieging armies..."
There are a number of parallel story lines that merge together in a tidy conclusion with some interesting twists and surprises which add to the reader's interest.
Although not one of Connolly's best, I would rate this a 3 1/2 star, moving up to 4 star for the story telling and literary manner of writing.