Detective Clara Jefferies #3
She could hear nothing but the sound of her own heartbeat. It was dark and the rough ground scraped against her as she tried to move. Being alone was strange to her—she was so used to her big family, to the noise, the warmth, but the last thing she wanted was for the woman to return…
When Detective Clara Jefferies returned home to Alber, Utah, she knew it would take a long time to convince the closed community to trust her. So she is surprised to be called to private land up in the mountains, until she hears that the bones of a young girl have been found. And hidden in the dark depths of the grave are the remains of a baby too…
Digging into the town’s missing persons files, Clara is shocked to discover that pregnant girls have been going missing for years. And when she spots Ash Crawford, the first cop on the scene, praying over the bodies, she begins to suspect that he knows more about the victim than he’s letting on.
With Crawford staying silent, and the identity of the girl still unknown, Clara’s only choice is to visit every family living on the mountaintop, desperate to find what they might be hiding. But doing so means facing the man she was once bound to, and the tall iron gates of the ranch she ran away from all those years ago.
Then another pregnant girl is reported missing, and Clara ramps up her search, racing to find her alive. But can she uncover the town’s dark secrets in time to save both the girl and her unborn child?
We travel to Alber for the 3rd time because once again a killer is on the loose.
I really feel for chief Clara and her team because it’s very hard for people there to open up to them and give the information they need in order to solve the case. More often than not people treat Clara like an intruder due to her past.
Religion is something that can help you through hard times, but sometimes the believe people have in something can be very extreme, too extreme even. It’s even worse when it’s used to do as you please without respecting others.
Money, power and a good name are more important than love and forgiveness. The Prophet’s rules have to be followed always and forever. Those who don’t are on their own, no matter when, where or what.
Clara finds herself more than once with her back against the wall, but that does not stop her from pushing through.
No matter how hopeless she feels, she will never give up and will use everything in her power to turn a dire situation into a positive and happy one.
She realizes that live is too short to not follow your heart and sometimes you just have to go for it.
Another great story that kept me captivated the whole time. I can’t wait for the next part to be published. 5 stars
Thank you, Kathryn Casey and Bookouture
About the author
A novelist and award-winning journalist, Kathryn Casey is the author of eleven highly acclaimed true crime books and the creator of the Sarah Armstrong mystery series. Library Journal picked THE KILLING STORM as one of the best mysteries of 2010. Her latest true crime, IN PLAIN SIGHT, investigates the Kaufman County prosecutor murders, a case that made worldwide headlines. Casey has appeared on Oprah, 20/20, the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Biography Channel, Reelz, The Travel Network, Investigation Discovery, and many other venues. Ann Rule called Casey “one of the best in the true crime genre.”