In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.
The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.
Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.
When Rourke buys a old building and decides to revamp it, he ceremoniously whacks the wall with a sledgehammer and finds two bodies wrapped in plastic. He calls his wife, infamous NYPD detective Eve Dallas.
Eve delves into the history of the building and the people who used it, she encounters stories of young girls who were runaways and street kids. There weren't any real connections between the kids except they had, at one time, stayed at The Sanctuary, a shelter for teens. With no suspects, she tries to connect the kids to anyone and hope to find the person who took their lives so young. Difficult to do with just bones, but a new forensic scientist helps find out what happened to the girls and come up with facial recognition to find out who they were.
I love Robb's books. They are either you know who the bad guy is but cant figure out how Eve can pin them down or you have no clue who it is until the end of the book. This is one of the latter. My only issue is that.... the ending wasn't nearly as exciting as most of her previous ones where she ticks off the murderer in interview until they confess and attack her.