This is one book where I found Tess's personal life as fascinating as the case she is working on. Juggling work with her three year old daughter, often has Tess wondering if she is a good enough mother. A common thought which many working women and stay at homes moms can relate. Carla Scout, her and Crows daughter is a hoot. She is a formidable little person already and provided many comedic lines.
The common theme in this one is mothers and daughters. The case Tess and Sandy are working on is that of a mom who many years previous had sat under a tree and let her young daughter bake in the car. Ruled not guilty by reason of insanity, Melisandra comes back to try to reclaim the two daughters in custody of their father. Her appearance sets off a firestorm, threats and secrets galore. Another very good and solid story by Lippman. She is one author that seems to only get better and better.
ARC by publisher.