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My Review

I enjoy police procedural as they make my blood race with a zinger or two. This was my first foray into the world of author J. R. Adler’s writing with the portrayal of a new heroine, Detective Kimberley King.

Along with her 16-month daughter, Kimberley left the NYPD to the town of Dead Woman Crossing, Oklahoma where she was appointed as the Deputy Sheriff, working with Sheriff Sam Walker. The first half showed me how she adjusted to the small town workings and life with her mom and her new family. It was nice to see her making friends with another single mom Hannah and daughter Isollbel. But tragedy struck, and Hannah was killed brutally, and the onus was now on Kimberley to track down the killer.

The first section dealt with Kim adjusting to a small town way of life along with work dynamics in a new department. She was tough but had a lot to contend with. Her memories initially revealed the life she had left along with her reasons. But with a murder resembling the one which had occurred in 1905, she had the clock ticking and a town waiting with bated breath, judging her and hoping to remain safe. Her equation was her boss had a bit of tension, it kept the prose alive.

Slightly uneven parts niggled me, but around midway the book picked up, and it was fun to see Kimberley’s style of working. A few obstacles were placed in her path by the author, which led to good twists and turns. Even though I had my sights on the killer (I am trained to do so by the books of other authors) it was still fun to see the main character navigate the rocky pathways.

The book was my introduction to Kimberley and team. Now I would be waiting to see what she comes up with in the sequelae.

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Book Blurb

A detective with everything to prove. A devastating murder. A town full of secrets…

Haunted by the serial killer she never caught, Detective Kimberley King leaves her job in New York and relocates to the sleepy town of Dead Woman Crossing, Oklahoma. Kimberley hopes to bring her daughter Jessica up close to her family, far from the bad memories the city holds. But her quiet new home is not the peaceful place she dreamed of. Within days of her arrival, Kimberley is called to the scene of a terrible crime: her friend Hannah, a single mother, has been brutally murdered, her one-year-old daughter the only witness.

Kimberley can’t ignore the similarity of Hannah’s death to that of Katie James, a young woman who was murdered in 1905 on the banks of the same twisting creek. Dead Woman Crossing is named after her, and it seems someone is drawing inspiration from the crime. Could this killer be a copycat?

Teaming up with Sheriff Sam Walker, Kimberley struggles to make headway with Hannah’s murder. In a small town, people don’t talk to outsiders and Kimberley has a hard time gaining trust, even within her own family. Kimberley isn’t afraid to ask questions, but when she receives a threatening note, she realises that, as a single mother to a young daughter, she might be putting herself dangerously in the killer’s sights…

Many thanks to publisher Bookouture for my spot on this Blog Tour.

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

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Book Details

Publication Date: September 2020


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