Alexandra Van Ness has the perfect life. She lives in an idyllic resort town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, shares a designer loft with her handsome boyfriend, Chase, and has her dream job working in child protection. Every day, Alex goes above and beyond to save children at risk.
But when her long-lost sister, Ruth, unexpectedly shows up at her door asking for help, Alex's perfect life is upended. Growing up, Ruth was always the troublemaker, pulling Alex into her messes, and this time will be no different. Their relationship is fraught with hurts and regrets from their childhood that bind them to silence, but they can't outrun them forever.
Alex lets Ruth stay under one condition: we will never, ever, talk about the past. But when a local child is in danger, Alex becomes very involved and the secrets from long ago come back to haunt her with terrible consequences for everyone.
A gripping look at the inescapable bond between sisters — and the devastating cost of a single mistake — Hurry Home will keep readers guessing who is telling the truth and who is lying until the very last page. (From Simon & Schuster)
Roz Nay is a B.C.-based writer. Her debut novel, Our Little Secret, won the Douglas Kennedy Prize for best foreign thriller, and was nominated for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Mystery and the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award.
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"The inspiration came from my day job because I work still in child protection as a social worker assistant. I live in this idyllic little mountain town and know about all the worst stories in it, the underbelly. That interests me, that you can have a very picturesque place that has another angle that's a bit more secretive.
"Secrets from the past — the thing that the sisters are hiding — is a real thing that I know about from my childhood when I used to spend summers at my granddad's farm up in Scotland.
I live in this idyllic little mountain town and know about all the worst stories in it, the underbelly.
"Something very bad happened. Not to me, but I knew about it. And it has stood it in my 10-year-old brain all this time and I have used it for this book."