The prologue was captivating and I read it barely without breathing…
It was good to be back with some familiar characters and it is great to follow a series with such strong female leads – it makes for a welcome change!
The first half of the book was kind of a slow burn and I struggled on occasion with the altering POV, it didn’t feel all that natural to start with.
Great storyline though – the whole Flora/Ness story is brilliantly crafted – and the book definitely picks up the pace in the second half.
Good strong police procedural style series – I do recommend you go back and read from the beginning to get the most out of the complexities of the characters; although it would still work as a standalone.
Blurb: Bestselling author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most loved characters – Detective D.D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy – in a twisty new thriller, as they investigate a mysterious murder from the past that points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime.
FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective DD Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. And when a disturbing piece of evidence comes to light, they decide to bring in Flora Dane who has personal experience of being imprisoned by Ness.
Their investigations take them to a small town deep in the hills of Georgia where something seems to be deeply wrong.
What at first seems like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister as they discover that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed.
Quincy and DD must summon their considerable skills and experience to crack the most disturbing case of their careers – and Flora must face her own past directly in the hope of saving others.