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While vacationing in a log cabin in the idyllic Pocono Mountains in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Gillian and Lance Wincoff’s 12-year-old daughter, Abby, vanishes while birdwatching in the woods. Pressure mounts for Sheriff Andy Kirkman and his Deputies, Billy Shipley and Missy Sparks, of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as they scramble to find the missing Abigail Wincoff. The disturbing reality comes to the detective who inherits the case that Abby has to be the victim of a serial killer. In this shivering ghost story about the afterlife and the loss of childhood innocence, murder is only part of the story.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Mystery

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Birdwatcher starts when eight-year-old Abigail Wincoff and her parents go to the Poconos region for a short vacation. However, their dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare. One day into their vacation when Abby’s mother is asleep and her father is away at town, Abigail decides to do her favorite hobby, birdwatching. As she goes deeper and deeper into the forest, she quickly gets lost and wanders around. Little does she know she is being followed by a serial killer.

Wanting to get away from their busy lives for a while, the Wincoffs decide to take a much needed hiatus over in the Pocono Mountains. It seemed like the perfect vacation spot; the mountains encompass rivers, valleys, and lakes, with trails and many recreational activities. However, their want for serenity is abolished right before their vacation even starts. Lance and Gillian Wincoff suddenly find themselves in a huge mess. Their tween daughter, Abigail Wincoff, goes missing when going birdwatching, and they find themselves overwhelmed with grief.

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