Marin Montgomery knew this story when she sat down to write What We Forgot to Bury. But where most people saw a feel-good story, she saw thriller inspiration. What if the teenager only looked innocent? What if the homeowner had something else in mind?
Charlotte Coburn is a shut-in with a tragic past. Teenaged Elle is a kid with a troubled upbringing. During a terrible storm, Elle shows up on Charlotte’s doorstep, and Charlotte is immediately terrified: How do you respond to a stranger on your stoop? But letting Elle in is the right thing to do, Charlotte tells herself. She could be a suburban hero, the kind she reads about in human-interest pieces. But what Marin Montgomery knows is that sometimes those “right” decisions come at a terrible price.
More important, they make for an exciting, twisting, and utterly surprising read. I’ll never look at a heartwarming tale the same way.
- Jessica Tribble Wells, Editor