You know how oftentimes a story is told from the viewpoint of a main character? Tami Hoag manages to do it with two children that stumble across a dead body in the woods. Then from the viewpoint of one of their teachers. So yes, there’s some good character development, as well as a very good plot. Unless you figure out who the killer is early on, you’ll really enjoy the intricate story. And it takes place decades ago, before modern technology, like DNA matching, comes on the scene, so the characters have to resort to good, old fashioned, police work. This book was more than just a mystery–you’ll find yourself drawn into the characters’ world.