As a little girl, Karen Kuzma adores her older brother, then she sees changes in him she doesn’t understand; it never occurs to her that he will become the most infamous serial killer in American history.
When Joshua Hudnall goes off to war, he feels more at home than he ever did around his mother; while Joshua thinks he’s escaped his mother’s torment, she sets her sights on someone else and destroys their family from within.
When Lori McLeod fell for a man claiming to be an FBI agent, she felt certain that she would always be safe. Now, as the end of her life draws near, Lori is determined to ensure that the murderer who betrayed her family never becomes a free man.
Felecia Collier almost killed Chester Turner once. At the time, she was relieved to hear that he would survive. But years later, that moment would become the biggest regret of her life. If only she had just killed him.
Cindy Best's friends and family all think she's crazy when she tells them her suspicions about her husband, Karl Karlsen; regardless, Cindy is determined to take matters into her own hands and prove he's a killer.
When Robin Lindsey is rescued from her mother's violence and goes to live with her father, she thinks she has cheated death; she has no way of knowing that her so-called savior is hiding something even worse.
Kat Harris and Marla Kreuger love Lawrence Harris each in her own way; they dismiss his dark obsession as childish and strange, but harmless; neither of them realize he is preparing to sacrifice innocent lives for his evil purpose.
Norma Hawkins grew up in fear of her mother, Shirley Allen. For years, Norma watched in horror while Shirley’s anger destroyed those closest to her. But when people started dying, Norma had to find the courage to turn in her own mother to police.
When Alvin Bud Brown is arrested he tells an officer that he is just like Hannibal Lecter; to his wife, Jackie, the man she shared a bed with for years appeared to be gentle and loving until the Thanksgiving Day when she discovered the truth.