A daughter struggling with depression and substance abuse imagines the worst about her mother and learns the facts are quite different -- and more shocking than she ever imagined. Dolores Claiborne has spent nearly a quarter of a century looking after a mean-spirited woman named Vera Donovan on a small island off the coast of Maine; when Vera is found dead after falling down a flight of stairs, Dolores is considered a prime suspect in her murder. Word of the affair reaches New York-based journalist Selena St. George, Dolores's estranged daughter. Though she's about to leave on an important assignment, Selena instead flies to Maine to find out what's happened with her mother. Selena's father, Joe St. George, died under mysterious circumstances 15 years before; more than a few people believe Dolores killed Joe, and many feel she did the same with Vera. Dolores tells Selena that her father molested her, which she denies. Later she has a flashback of the molestation. Though the strong and tough-talking Dolores stands her ground, police detective John Mackey is convinced that there's more to her story than she's letting on, and in time Selena learns the ugly truth about her mother's connection to both deaths. Companion book.