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In Jennifer McMahon’s most recent thriller, something sinister is brewing in the rural hills of West Hall, Vermont. In the winter of 1908, the body of Sara Harrison Shea is found in a field behind her family’s farmhouse, stripped of its skin the way a hunter would field dress an animal pelt. But when the authorities arrive, they find Sara’s husband, Martin, grieving over the body of his dead wife. Just before he took his own life moments later, Martin claimed that the crime was committed by their young daughter, Gertie. But the young girl has been dead and buried for months, and the authorities cannot make sense of the mysterious circumstance surrounding the deaths of the Sheas.