The Halo Effect by Anne LeClaire. Published by Lake Union

Will and Sophie Light are preparing to have a nice family dinner with their daughter, Lucy, but Lucy never returns home from school. Days later, her lifeless body is found. Will and Sophie are thrown into a pit of despair and not even the idea of a new painting commission can make Will feel better. He’s been asked to paint portraits of the saints for a new cathedral, using influential townspeople as inspiration (I’m not religious and even I think that’s beyond the pale). For Will, not knowing who murdered his daughter, each face he paints could belong to his daughter’s killer. It’s not long before Will’s rage, his wife’s steadfast courage, the local priest and Lucy’s best friend, Rain, all come together in a blowout that will leave them all reeling. This isn’t a quick, I know who did it by the end of the first chapter book, more a thoughtful literary mystery that explores the breakdown of a family in the wake of a tragedy

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