When I started writing The Newcomer, the only thing I knew for certain was that my protagonist, Letty, was on the run, from something . . . with a four-year-old child in the backseat of her car.
I pictured her pulling into the parking lot of a throw-back mom-and-pop Florida motel, The Murmuring Surf, at dawn, exhausted, terrified, emotionally wrecked by the memory of finding her sister’s lifeless body . . . and her niece, Maya, crying for her mother. Letty closes her eyes, and when she wakes up, a cop is tapping on the window of her car, demanding that she vacate the premises.
That cop, Joe, also happens to be the son of the owner of The Murmuring Surf. And when his sympathetic mom, Ava, overrules his suspicions and agrees to rent a storage room to Letty and Maya, things start to happen. The motel’s “regulars,” mostly silver-haired snowbirds who’ve been flocking to “The Surf” for years, regard these two newcomers with a mixture of hostility and curiosity. What deadly threat could Letty be hiding from? Who is she really? And what kind of dangers could be lurking in her past?
I hope you'll agree that The Newcomer is the perfect accompaniment to summer fun.
-Mary Kay Andrews