Agent Luce Hansen returns home to Willow’s Ridge to catch a serial killer who has been murdering young women. It’s the case she’s been waiting for, the case that compels her to return to the small town she turned her back on nineteen years ago, the case she plans to ride from the Ohio BCI all the way to the FBI.
The case worth risking her shaky relationship with her lover, Rowan. But the horrors of the case recall the unsolved murder of Luce’s first girlfriend, and Luce is forced to confront the local ex-gay ministry that haunted her youth. When the past crosses the present, will Luce lose everything she’s worked so hard to build?
Meredith Doench’s short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in literary journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, and Gertrude. She earned a Ph.D. in creative writing from Texas Tech University and served as a fiction editor at Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography. She teaches writing and literature at a university in southern Ohio. Crossed is her first novel.