The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger
Reporter Rain has a tragic past. She and two friends were attacked by a stranger in the woods as children. She ran away and managed to avoid capture, but her two friends were kidnapped. One didn't survive.
Though years have passed, she cannot forget and it's a bond she will always have with Hank, the childhood friend who survived. She's a stay-at-home mom now, but there's a strong itch to return to journalism. There's the perfect story too. There's a vigilante out there committing executions of murderers. One of those executions was Rain and Hank's attacker. Is it justice finally being served? Rain and her friend, a fellow reporter, think it would make for an explosive podcast and reason for Rain to return to work. Doing so may lead Rain down a path she isn't ready to face.
The Stranger Inside was gripping. I get a strong feeling this is the first in a series, and I can't wait. While I didn't always get all of Rain's actions, I still was rooting for her. I wanted to see her figure out the case while balancing her new mom duties and marriage.
I also liked Hank's changes during the novel. He's just as, if not more, scarred as Rain. Despite his job as a therapist to children. he is very wounded and made my heart break for him. The two together had me hooked and I had to read the story in one sitting. This is a must-read!