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Absolutely brilliant from the concept to the planning to the details. Author Tony Forder’s best work to date had me gripping my kindle so hard that I was sure that I vibrated with pure energy.

15 coffins. 14 children dead when a gunman unleashed bullets on the students and who was later revealed to be another student after being gunned 23 times by the cops. The father of the alleged killer wanted to know the truth as he was sure that his child was innocent and the real killer was out there. He hired Sydney Merlot to look into it.

With such an exciting premise, I just couldn’t stop reading from the moment I started. The author made every word so thrilling that I was left dumbfounded at the possibility that was soon emerging. Each page led to a new shocker with Sydney deftly leading the story.

As an investigator, she was well rounded. Her personal life was the right touch to make her feel real, someone who cared for the truth, even when it hurt. Her instincts were spot-on, though sometimes I too wondered if they were pointing in the right direction.

I loved the fact that the author hid the truth so well in the prose that each subplot brought out a tiny gasp that soon got louder. The author sure made me react. Who wouldn’t with fifteen coffins.

This was a delicate issue but so well dealt that I was soon embroiled in the investigation and forgot everything as the clocked ticked away. Every second spent on reading the book felt glorious. This was how a thriller was supposed to be.

The story had it all secrets and lies, distrust and corruption. And amidst it all, stood Sydney, tall and confident, fighting the various barriers placed in her way to get to the truth, even if it meant hurting people she knew.

One story and many subplots, Tony’s talent was building up the suspense while revealing the truth sliver by sliver and tying all the loose ends together by the time the story reached the end.

FREAKING AWESOME!! You got to read this!!


Rating: 5 out of 5.


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When FBI Agent Sydney Merlot returns to her home town in northern California to wind down her late father’s PI business, she soon finds herself on the wrong side of the aftermath of a high school shooting.

Sydney’s childhood friend – who is now county sheriff – plus the local PD, the mayor’s office, and most of the town’s inhabitants, are convinced the horror ended when the gunman was killed. Now they just want to be left alone to mourn. But Sydney has other ideas – and she is not alone.

While having to work through her own personal grief, Sydney is openly intimidated and then receives anonymous threats. After discovering she is under surveillance, she begins to fear for her life. During her investigation she gains several allies, but as the days pass, Sydney doesn’t know who to trust, and which new friends might actually turn out to be foes…


Publication Date: November 2020

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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