Isabella Porter, a forensic psychiatrist working with the Newark, NJ, police department, believes that scars have stories to tell. Faced with two cases suspiciously echoing her own horrific past, she’s finding it hard to accept that the stories their scars are telling are a mere coincidence and fears that her past has caught up with her.
When Isabella examines the first crime scene in a patch of wetlands known as the Meadowlands, she finds three dead girls, and the voices in the back of her mind begin to whisper. When she meets Ember, an eleven-year-old girl who’s been abused at the hands of the men in her immediate family, the voices are now screaming.
Isabella’s unique physical scars match hers, and Ember’s eyes mirror Isabella’s sordid past. Could the man whom Isabella believed she escaped more than two decades ago have resurfaced and perpetrated these heinous crimes? But Isabella is no longer that vulnerable fourteen-year-old girl—that girl is gone. She’s now a force to be reckoned with, and she won’t be anyone’s victim.