Gudenkauf's eagerly awaited third novel tells the story of Jack Quinlan, a man who has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother whose body was found in the cellar of their family farm. The mystery rocked the small farm town of Penny Gate, IA. When Jack and his family return home following the death of his beloved aunt Julia, they are forced to confront the past. Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. Born in Wagner, South Dakota, she was the youngest of six children. At one month of age, her family returned to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where her father was employed as a guidance counselor and her mother as a school nurse. At the age of three, her family moved to Iowa, where she grew up. Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and continues to work in education as a Title I Reading Coordinator.