Detective Jo Fournier #2
When a girl’s body is discovered in a park in the sleepy Massachusetts town of Oakhurst, local detective Jo is shocked to the core. Because the girl is the second innocent victim to turn up dead in three days. And just like the first, a tarot card has been left by the body. The meaning of the card: betrayal.
After uncovering a series of threatening messages targeting the girl, a student at the university, and the first victim, her teacher, Jo thinks she’s locked the killer in her crosshairs. The primary suspect is a volatile ex-military student with an axe to grind for failing grades, and the frightened town is out for his blood. But the next day, a much-loved member of the community is found dead in her home, a tarot card in her mail. There’s no clear motive to link her death to the others, and the message on the card this time is even stranger: domestic bliss.
With a fourth body and card appearing the following day, Jo knows she’s running out of time to crack the code and bring the killer to justice. And the pressure only gets worse with heart-breaking news about Jo’s father forcing her to choose between helping her family heal or the victims’ families get justice. Can Jo find the twisted murderer sending the town into a panic before another life is lost? Or this time, will the dangerous killer find her first?
Time to meet up with Jo and it’s always a pleasure following her around.
The author gives us a lot of background information about her main character and it enables you to understand her a lot better. It must weigh heavily on her and it’s something you can never forget. My heart went out to her.
In this second part you feel the police struggle and I did too. 🙂 I could not point my finger in the direction of the culprit. One minute you were like ‘it has to be X’ and a moment later you were convinced it had to be Y or maybe even Z.
The author made your brain doing overtime and kept a few vital pieces of information very well hidden. Once these key elements were found, the lock to the ‘door’, behind which identity of the murder was concealed , sprang open.
Jo not only has to deal with perpetrators but also with personal issues. The murder cases, she has solved, but what has the future in store for her private life? Stay tuned. 🙂
This story is a very good workout for your grey matter. 4 stars.
Thank you, M.M. Chouinard and Bookouture (via Netgalley)
About the author
M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them. She’s currently at work on her seventh novel.
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