Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave…
It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case.
Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.
But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter…
A new series, a new police team, a new leading lady in this case.
And a leading lady, that’s what she certainly is… She has build the highest walls around her and won’t let anybody come near her. Alone, that’s want she wants to be.
Being a detective must be hard. You have to find the right balance between your heart and your head. Some cases must really tear you apart, but you can’t let your feelings get in the way of your judgement. That’s often easier said than done, but what if a case involves someone you not only know, but hate with a vengeance as well…
To work this case or not to work this case, that’s the question.
Amanda is determined. She wants to see this through. It seems there is a lot more hidden than she bargained for.
When the culprit is finally found, who could have guessed this outcome?? Not me, that’s for sure. It was shocking and heart breaking at the same time.
Are the walls showing some cracks? That’s what I hope we are to find out in the next part.
I loved this book. It’s a good start to something that has the potential to turn into a great series. 5 stars.
Thank you, Carolyn Arnold and Bookouture
About the author
CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has nearly thirty published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.