Matt is a student at university. Life has dealt him some very hard knocks. His brother David has been convicted of murder and is presently in prison. Living in a small town was hard, the aggression faced by the family was difficult to take and they have all moved far away. The disruption to his sister Maggie and to their parents particularly was hard. Fortunately Tommy who is very young, never faced the brunt of the negativity.
When Matt is given the devastating news that his entire family (other than David) have been wiped out in what looks like an accident (gas poisoning) in the town of Tulum in Mexico in what appeared to be a holiday, Matt accepts it for it is until he is told that the authorities in Mexico are not willing to hand over the bodies to the US Consulate but insists on a member of the family identifying the bodies.
A series of events makes Matt realises that someone in Mexico badly wants him out of the way. Going back further he finds that Maggie has in her dying moments sent a photo which identifies people who are known to the authorities and his mother's interactions with the new governor (who was her former boyfriend) also uncovers a plot which is so long standing and so convoluted. There were many strands in the story and they had to be brought together to make a whole. It centred around David's conviction for a murder where he was innocent, and only Evan the father believed it was so. It was Evan who set the ball rolling to their deaths when he decided to follow a false lead which took them to Mexico, and then to their death.
A good story though a little complicated.
Sent by Aria and Aries for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.