The Fragile Ones by Jennifer Chase / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @JChaseNovelist


Detective Katie Scott #5

“Please Mommy, can Tessa and I go play on the swing by the creek?” the little girl begs, pushing a blonde curl from her eyes. “We’ll stay together, and we promise to be safe.” Hours later, their mother waits anxiously for her darling girls to arrive home with a list of reasons why they are late. But the front door never opens…

When the bodies of eleven and twelve-year-old sisters, Tessa and Megan, are found at the bottom of a ravine—dressed in matching pastel summer outfits, their small bodies broken from the fall—Detective Katie Scott is called to one of the most shocking and heartbreaking crime scenes of her career.

Carefully picking through the fragile remains, Katie makes the first of many disturbing discoveries: the girls were not biological sisters. The youngest, Megan, is a DNA match to a kidnapping case years before. The tiny number burnt into her skin the mark of a terrifying killer intent on keeping count of his collection.

Her PTSD from the army triggered, Katie is left reeling as she maps other missing children in the local area. Has this twisted soul found a way to stay nearby his victims? Could he be watching now as Katie hits one dead end after another?

A wild storm building, matching a fiber found during the autopsy to a nearby boatyard is the break Katie needs. But when another girl goes missing, just as lightning strikes and the power goes out, Katie only has her instincts, her team and her service dog to rely on. As time runs out for Katie to finds the stolen child alive, who will become the next number on this monster’s deadly list?




Oh yes, Katie Scott is back in town.

Katie Scott, her human partner Gav and her canine partner Cisco are facing a brutal killer once again. She is still struggling with the after effects of her previous job, but little by little she can put them where they belong: in the past. When she is stressed though they come and haunt her, but Katie works through them and does not let them interfere with the case she is working on.

It’s never easy uncovering a culprit, but when you have a case in a small town where people would rather bite their tongue than telling you something, it makes it a lot harder. Strangers are meddling and should mind their own business even though they are only trying to help and put the killer behind bars.

They don’t seem to realize they are dealing with detective Katie Scott. Once she starts investigating a case, she does not stop until she has found out every little detail.

I know I have said that I have a queen of suspense by the name of D.K. Hood and every castle only has place for one queen. Well, I am not a castle so I am allowed to have more than one 😉.

I happily put Jennifer Chase on the highest throne as well. Every story she has written up till now in this series, has had me biting my nails. 5 stars.

Thank you, Jennifer Chase and Bookouture


About the author

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells.

In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.  


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