A very engrossing police procedural. I couldn’t believe how time rolled on when I started reading about Morgan, a rookie cop promoted to CID, whose instincts were sharp enough to guide her to answers.
Morgan, a beat cop to begin with, was called for the case of a body hanging from a tree. That disturbed her instincts and on the next day, she found a few more bodies. But one was still alive. With the support of her boss, Ben, she found herself right in the middle of the team investigating the murders.
Having read her earlier book, author Helen Phifer had surpassed my expectation. I thought it would be a routine police procedural, but it turned out to be more exciting due to a kickass main character. I could honestly say that I loved this book far, far more.
Morgan, as the main character, endeared herself to me as the pages turned. There was something so grounded about her. I was happy that the author didn’t go overboard with her personal problems. She felt normal and reliable with her intelligence sharpened to a fine tune. That made the investigation seem sharp.
The story was fast paced, and twists were hidden well. Time just floated away with me savoring every line of the prose. One striking point was the words had powerful imagery. I could ‘see’ the story as I read the book. I loved that feeling of seeing a movie in the lines.
For me, the spotlight was on Morgan, and she along with the author who created her made the book awesome. One of my favorite characters in this genre.
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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She knelt down by the side of the first girl. She had to force herself to breathe as she lifted the soft white cloth covering the girl’s beautiful face…
When the body of a woman is found hanging from a tree in her front garden, rookie Detective Morgan Brookes is first on the scene. But Olivia Potter is past saving. And when her husband and daughters cannot be traced, Morgan knows there is more to this tragedy. And then she finds them. Lying huddled together in the dark basement, each of their faces covered with a small cotton cloth, their bodies cold to the touch.
But as Morgan kneels beside the family, she realises that one of the girls is still breathing. As she holds Bronte’s fragile hand in hers, begging her to hold on, she vows to find out who has done this.
Every day Morgan wakes at 4:25 AM, her old insomnia now mixed with a new fixation on the case. But every clue about the murdered family leads to a dead end. Until, trawling through old files, she discovers a link to a cold case from years ago. Another family was murdered in this house, and the killer was never caught.
When Morgan returns to the scene of the crime to discover more about this forgotten case, she finds another body. With Bronte still unconscious in hospital, Morgan must act fast to solve this case and lay two families to rest, before the killer returns for the girl left alive…
Publication Date: September 2020