Detective Jo Fournier #7
The young woman lying on the forest floor looks like she’s dreaming; her brown hair fanning out into a crown around her head, her hands clasped over her breast. She could be sleeping—if it weren’t for the brutal slash across her neck…It’s autumn in Oakhurst when Detective Jo Fournier rushes to local beauty spot, Crone Ridge Woods, desperately hoping to find Madison Coehlo alive. Instead, she discovers the pregnant woman’s pale and lifeless body, killed in the spot where she loved to walk her dog. Madison looked after her sick mother and studied at community college, who could have wished her harm?Madison’s mother is utterly broken by her brutal murder, but she cannot give Jo any insight into the tiny doll pushed into her daughter’s hand. Supposed to bring luck to whoever finds one, is it a coincidence or a warning from the killer? When Jo gets another frantic emergency call, she rushes to the scene, determined to catch this cruel monster before he can steal more innocent lives. Her heart pounds when she finds another identical plastic doll.As the local community panics, Jo and her team work round the clock to keep other pregnant women safe. The call logs of the murdered expectant mothers give Jo the clue she desperately needs, but her heart splits in two when she realizes another woman is in danger. Can Jo get to her first, or is the killer pulling them both into a deadly trap?
One of the reasons I like to read series is because of the glimpse we get into the personal lives of the main characters and see how they evolve. Slowly but surely those fictional people become someone you get to know better and better and you even start learning how they will react. Oh no, Jo will not like this or Christine will not let that go or Bob will have to hold Jo back a bit,… These are all thoughts that go through your mind whilst reading this story, because the main players are no strangers to you anymore.
I loved the way Jo talked down someone who clearly thought they had the upper hand and enjoyed how they fell from their high horse. 🙂
I also liked that other beliefs were put in a different light. Some symbols are immediately considered bad because they refer to Satan, but people should dig a bit deeper and try to understand that those are not all bad either. Some people worship nature. Does that mean they are bad? No not at all. Is there something more powerful than nature? I think people should learn more about something before they judge…
Some people find themselves in a situation they do not want to be in (anymore). That is understandable and there is nothing wrong with finding a solution to solve this situation. The only thing that is wrong about it, is the way they go about it. They see a sign and consider it the thing that justifies their actions. Add to that a bit of collateral damage to wrap it all up and you find yourself face to face with a cold blooded killer.
A very, very good story that kept me guessing and guessing and guessing some more. 5 stars
:About the author
M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them. She’s currently at work on her seventh novel.