On New Year’s Eve, Charleston Cold Case Detective Ellie Kline vows this will be the year she finally brings Dr. Lawrence Kingsley to justice. Not only did the elusive serial killer force her to play his twisted games as a teen, but his reign of terror has killed countless other victims and traumatized the few who survived.
When her boss hands her the files containing dozens of trafficked children, she’s instructed to close as many as possible. Drawn by the case of a twelve-year-old boy who disappeared sixteen years ago, Ellie decides that Kingsley—who also vanished without a trace—will have to wait.
Before long, the autistic boy isn’t the only missing person Ellie must follow the clues to find. One by one, those who once escaped Kingsley’s snare begin to disappear. It’s only a matter of time before Ellie’s next.
Each shocking twist and turn of Cold Trail, the eighth book of Mary Stone and Donna Berdel’s Ellie Kline series, leads to a wild goose chase where the hunter becomes the hunted in a thriller that will convince you of one thing…safety is only an illusion.