Digital Reads Reviews

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Stark. Vivid. Gripping. Charly Cox’s books have the rawness in them along with tiny nuggets of emotions where one catches my head, the other my heart. This was one such book too.

This was the third in the series with Alyssa Wyatt and Cord at the helm of the investigation where brother of District Attorney and his wife were butchered and their 17-year-old girls missing. 2 things had to be done. Find the girls. Find the killer.

Having read the previous books, I should have been more prepared for Charly’s writing, but I wasn’t. It hit me like a ten ton log. There was something so pure, (yes, I am using it for a police procedural) in its tone, so undiluted, that it made me sit up and take notice.

Small words inserted at certain points would either make my imagination run rampant or my throat seize up.

Then there was the investigation with Alyssa which went at its own fast pace with little twists adding to the zing of the story. I liked how my attention was linked solely to the book. The end, as per the norm, was explosive.

A great book that didn’t pull back its punches.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


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The sudden appearance of a man’s booted feet had Addis snapping her mouth shut. Screaming, she kicked out at the tall, muscular guy as he dragged her from beneath the desk…

It was a scene from a horror movie; Gabriel Kensington and his wife Lydia found, brutally slain in their luxurious home in New Mexico. The frantic, whispered phone call from their teenage daughter Addis, spending the evening with best friend Emerson, quickly alerts the authorities to the killings – and worse, that the killer is still inside the house.

But when detective Alyssa Wyatt and the squad appear at the house, the unthinkable has happened – the girls are nowhere to be found.

Waking up in a dilapidated cabin, nestled high in the woods north of Albuquerque, the girls find themselves at the mercy of a brutal stranger who could take their life at any moment. While they fight for survival, it’s up to Alyssa Wyatt and her partner Cord to discover just why the Kensingtons have been targeted – and fast.

Because for Addis and Emerson, solving this mystery might just mean the difference between survival – or an unthinkable death…


Publication Date: February 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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