Seattle homicide prosecutor Schuler Day works tirelessly to convict killers while struggling with the fact that she is the daughter of one. Despite her father’s imprisonment for serial murder, Schuler maintains a relationship with him – drawing stares, whispers, and accusations in both her personal and professional life. Subconsciously, she atones for his sins through her labor, but Schuler eschews relationships and her desire to bear a child, convinced she carries bad blood.
Schuler’s career means everything to her. When she learns her father faces the death penalty for another killing, she is confronted with the hardest decision of her life: Should she retain an attorney to fight to keep her father alive, even if it means career suicide? Or should she let go of the past and abide by her ethics, which demand he be held accountable?
It isn’t until Schuler becomes embroiled in the case of Chase Keller, a murdered weathergirl, that she is able to answer these questions. As Schuler discovers a series of shocking revelations about Keller’s life, death and the person who killed her, she unearths an unexpected source of evil – the justice system she so dearly believes in – and her choice becomes clear.
UNTITLED is a 100,000 word mystery written by a felony prosecutor.
You're starting with backstory-her dad. Your story is when she gets involved with Chase Keller. That's where the conflict starts.
Focus on that. Even if the book doesn't start there, you need to get that conflict into the hook.