** stars Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker?s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille?s first assignment from the Chicago daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family?s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims ? a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the solution. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming. This book is well written, but too dark and full of psychological pain for me. I saw the end coming, but kept hoping what I believed was not true. Ms. Flynn sees and writes about psychic pain very well, but I cannot recommend.