That’s what the newspapers call wealthy recluse Leander Welles after he is accused of killing four people in his picturesque hometown. Little do they know they’re half-right.
Sent to Parkview Psychiatric for an assessment before the trial can begin, Leander falls under the care of Dr. Lorelei Clayton, an up-and-coming criminal psychiatrist. She is the one unknown element of his elaborate plot, the one game piece he has no control over.
Believing he’s innocent, Lorelei works tirelessly toward his freedom. But there’s just one problem — he’s not innocent. The harder she tries to prove it, the harder he falls for the one person he never expected to. Haunted by his past, Leander tries to envision a future with Lorelei, but the truth keeps getting in the way. If she ever learns his secret, not only could she destroy everything he spent years planning — she could destroy him.
Content warning: This book contains references to abuse, self-harm, and suicide. Reader discretion is advised.
This is a companion/alternate POV book to The Mystery of Leander Welles, featuring Leander Welles' perspective instead of Lorelei's. Each book can be read as a standalone, or together. If you are only interested in the M/M portion of the story, this is the book to start with (and you can safely skip Mystery, since both books cover the same timeline), although there are FTB M/F scenes.