Detective Kimberley King #1
She threw open the door, running to the crib. When she looked inside, she gasped. The world around her went silent. Inside, there was nothing but a small stuffed elephant. Where was her baby?
When young, single mother Hannah is found murdered by the banks of a twisting Oklahoma creek, her one-year-old daughter sleeping in a stroller near her body, the small town of Dead Woman Crossing reels in horror.
Detective Kimberley King, recently relocated from New York to Oklahoma, with her young daughter Jessica, can’t ignore the similarity of Hannah’s death to the case of Katie James, the woman that the town of Dead Woman Crossing is named after. Katie was murdered in front of her small daughter in 1905, on the banks of the same creek, and it seems that someone is drawing inspiration from the crime. Could this killer be a copycat?
But as she interviews suspects, Kimberley is met with blank faces and closed lips. In a small town, people won’t talk and when she pursues a promising lead, her own family turn their back on her. 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 …
I think I have found a new friend! Kimberley King is my kind of woman. She is fierce and feisty but also very kind and loving. I don’t know about you but when I really like the main character, I enjoy the book even more.
Although the story starts with some very kind and gentle scenes, there is also that hint of creepiness and mystery. I had a strong feeling that something was wrong, but what? And why is the focus on this? Aha, those are the questions, of course. 🙂 I already know. I guess you are anxious to find out too.
The author also gives us a glimpse into the past of our detective. She is not the only one having a lot to deal with.
In a nutshell: there was nothing I didn’t like. I was captivated from the beginning and I liked the banter between the police officers. I could hardly put the book down, but unfortunately live is about more than just reading. Loved it. 5 stars.
Thank you, J.R. Adler and Bookouture.
About the author
Originally from Wisconsin, J.R. Adler currently lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, Drew, and her English Bulldog, Winston. When not writing, you can find her reading, playing board games, travelling, and binge watching The Office for the umpteenth time.