It's troubling enough for Hannah to grapple with the fact that her parents were murdered. What makes matters worse is that she should have been at home when it happened. Instead, she was meeting her forbidden love, Reece. Turning from the community and her guilt, she runs away and marries him.
Reece isn't the man she thought he was. He's extremely controlling. When she gets pregnant, he pushes her down the stairs when her due date draws near. When she wakes up in the hospital, he tells her the baby didn't survive. She's had enough, and decides to run again.
Years later, Hannah is an expert on Amish quilts. Her notoriety brings her just enough public attention for Reece to track her down, and beg her to take him back. He says he's changed, and even sends her a photo of their daughter.
Could this be real, Hannah wonders. She is sure this is just another manipulation tactic. Still, this chance, no matter how small, of actually seeing her daughter, won't leave her mind. When another member of her old community is murdered, by the very poison that killed her parents, old concerns resurface. Could Reece have been the one who killed her parents, in order to get her away? Is he killing again in an effort to get her back?
Previously published as Anathema.