Like Cara, Cammie McGovern is the mother of an autistic boy; she says that
about four years ago she started writing a nonfiction account of the time just
before and after her son's diagnosis. However, she eventually put the
memoir aside to return to fiction because she says, "I knew how to create a
story and keep it moving along with suspense and surprises better than I knew
how to report the countless ways that those years were hard and lonely for our
family." She's glad that she returned to the familiar medium of fiction
(she's the author of one previous novel, The Art of Seeing, 2002 and many
short stories) because she says there are so many wonderful memoirs written by
parents already - two of her favorites are Beth Kephardt's The Slant of Sun
and Pat Stacey's
The Boy Who Loved Windows.
Her stories have always been plot-driven but this is her first venture into the murder-mystery genre, she says that she likes the format because it puts every...