The moon shines through the open window, bathing the woman in pale light. Blood-red wine from a shattered glass soaks into the cream blanket beside her, and her dull eyes stare vacantly at the framed photograph in her hand.
When beautiful wife and mother Alicia Gordon is found dead in a remote woodland cabin, Detective Amanda Steele is shocked to discover that she knows the husband. Amanda hasn’t spoken to Tony since she lost the love of her own life seven years ago, and seeing tragedy tearing her old friend’s family apart brings back so many painful memories.
Alicia was alone when she died, but she was so young, and Amanda can’t help feeling suspicious. Then she discovers that Alicia’s sleep medication had been tampered with, slowly poisoning her over several days. Amanda wants to trust that the sorrow on Tony’s face is real, but the more she digs into his marriage, the more it seems that he had opportunity, and motive…
Interviewing one of Alicia’s old colleagues, Amanda is shaken to her core when the woman suddenly collapses in her arms, dying in seconds from a lethal dose of the same poison that killed Alicia. But what could link this woman to Tony?
With her partner blaming Amanda for not arresting Tony immediately, she needs to prove that he isn’t the killer, or accept that the second woman’s death could be on her hands. She’s running out of time and leads when she discovers threatening messages sent to both victims. It’s the final clue to unmasking the most twisted killer Amanda has ever come up against, and to stop them she’ll have to risk everything…
As a detective or a police officer in general, you always have to keep an open mind and work with fact and witnesses. It does not matter whether you like or dislike the suspects or people coming forward, it’s what can be proven that counts.
That’s what Amanda does too, until one of the persons of interest is someone she knew very well. She knows she has to keep an open mind at all times, but it’s only human she wants to give them the benefit of the doubt. She knows she sometimes gives them to much leeway and she can always count on her partner to make her realise that even though deep down she knows it.
They have a range of suspects to pick from, but there is always something that does not add up which sends them back to the drawing board and forces them to dig deeper still. Until suddenly there is that break through and all the pieces of the puzzle fit.
Sometimes people make decisions and they are convinced they were the right ones. But when you look back are you still convinced they were the best ones or should/could you have taken other things into consideration?
I loved this book, but I have to say I had this person on my radar very early on.
Another fantastic story in this series starring this tough detective with a heart of gold. 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 many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from police procedurals, 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.