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?
Can you give us the title of one of your favourite books you have read?
That’s a tough order! So many books I love. The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver is a book that I’ve loved as well as the entire Lincoln Rhyme Series. It really inspired me to write crime fiction.
Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?
I’ve been toying with the idea of writing horror novels from the psychological perspective. Stories that really scare you.
Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I have a small paper notebook that I tuck either in my purse or pocket. I jot down ideas, plot lines, or even characters names when I’m out and about.
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I would love to travel to another country and write a book in that setting. Italy first comes to mind because of the food, land and architecture.
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
My mom and grandmother were avid readers. My mom started taking me to the local library when I was about five years old and I would load up with as many books as I could carry. My grandmother was an avid reader and storyteller. I would give her a specific animal and she would tell me story based on that animal.
When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident, do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’?
No, I generally don’t base murder victims on a mean boss from the past or someone who had been rude to me on a particular day. I try to make the victims either someone you would love to hate or someone you could identify with.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Naming characters is something that is difficult for me. I have a paperback of what to name your baby and it really helps me get out of a rut of naming characters.
Which character would you like to be in this book?
In The Fragile Ones, no doubt, I would love to be the main character Detective Katie Scott tracking down and solving cold cases. A few of her characteristics are definitely me. Which ones? I’ll never tell.
If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
That’s a great question. Right off, I would like a movie to be based on my book version as best as it can be. However, basing a movie on my main character and storyline would be fantastic as well.
Have you already started writing a new book?
Absolutely! I just finished the first draft of the next book in the Detective Katie Scott series. I enjoy writing for this series and creating new cold cases for her to solve.
Thank you, Jennifer Chase and Pump Up Your Book
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.