The assignment is to gather background info on the growing number of murders of teen girls in the Toronto area over recent years. The tool is the LexisNexis resource on the computer. All you need is a subscription and a password, Angie says. Evie soon realizes what a marvelous tool this is.
Back when she was nearly 11, her best friend Lianne Gagnon became a victim of a kidnap/murder scenario that has traumatized Evie ever since. She has spent a lot of time with therapists, yet is still consumed by the fear that the person who killed Lianne could be coming back for her. The suspect remains Robert Cameron, but he has never been apprehended. Though Lianne's murder doesn't fit the time frame Angie has given her, Evie can't help using the LexisNexis resource to find out all she can about Robert Cameron along with research on the girls who are part of the assignment. Before long she is discovering connections that she never would have expected and they are awfully close to home.
At the same time she sees a stranger on her third floor balcony one night. It is snowing and dark outside. The light is on in her kitchen and all she sees outside is her own reflection in the glass patio door. She hears a noise from outside, and assumes it is an icicle falling or perhaps a raccoon. But a neighbor's motion light comes on and there is no doubt that there is a man on the balcony staring in at her. She is terrified, but when she looks back outside he is gone. She calls the police, but tracks are covered before they arrive and there is not much they can do.
Maybe she just imagined it. Or maybe not...
Ms. de Mariaffi's style of writing contributes effectively to the mounting tension. Evie is telling the story in her stream of conscience-style, so we hear her worst case imaginings when she starts to get scared, and can't always be sure if she is telling us what she sees or what she is imagining. But through it all, she keeps plugging away at the mystery, getting closer and closer to the awful truth.