When you look just like the long dead mother of a psychopath, and he's noticed you, it's already too late.
Marion Watson is on her way to her final university exam, she is excited at the prospect of completing her 'Masters' degree and moving on to pastures new. She already knows where she wants to be, she has her whole life mapped out.... That is until she gets taken.
Mike Bridger is a newly promoted Detective Sergeant, fighting his own battle with alcohol, infidelity, and a mistrust of people in general. When Marion goes missing it is up to him to unravel the twisted path that will lead him on a journey into the past where even his colleagues come under suspicion.
With Bridger's and Marion's life now intertwined, Bridger bounces from one dead end to another, while Marion hangs, strung up like a marionette, controlled by her captor, and watched by thousands live on the Internet.
She is made to dance, controlled by the whims of the shadow she sees. From behind his darkness her captor reveals more and more of why she is there, and what she is to do for him. The shadow has written the script, she just has to follow it.
Marion's resolve to stay alive grows stronger with each revelation, but it is up to Bridger to overcome his own obstacles to make sure Marion comes home safely.
With humanly flawed characters within a theme of violence and how it affects society, this is a crime thriller with a shocking twist that is almost real. Seen through the eyes of each character, this tale of human frailty will take you on a journey to the very heart of our hidden violent society.