A book signing for local author Kerry Peresta’s latest book, “The Rising,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 at Barnes & Noble on Hilton Head Island.

The book is the second in her Olivia Callahan Suspense series. Her debut novel is “The Hunting,” was published in 2013.

Peresta is a resident of Hilton Head Island and member of the Island Writer’s Network, Sisters in Crime, Pat Conroy Literary Center, and South Carolina Writers Association.

“The Rising” continues the story of Olivia Callahan. After an assault that landed her in a hospital as a Jane Doe two years earlier, Olivia has regained her speech, movement, and much of the memory she lost due to a traumatic brain injury.

Olivia is ready to rebuild her life, but her therapist insists she must continue to look back in order to move forward. The only person that can help her recall specifics is her abusive ex-husband, Monty, who is in prison for murder.

The thought of talking to Monty makes her skin crawl, but she must learn more about who she was before the attack.

Just as the pieces of her life start falling into place, she stumbles across the still-warm body of an old friend who has been murdered. Her dream of pursuing a peaceful existence is shattered when she learns the killer left evidence behind to implicate her in the murder. Olivia is desperate to uncover the truth before another murder is committed.

For more information about the author, visit kerryperesta.net.