Detective Jo Fournier #4
t’s a crisp spring morning when the small-town community around Briar Ridge Elementary School is shattered by devastating news. Bright and shy five-year-old Nicole has disappeared at playtime.
Nicole’s mother, Gia, is lost in her grief. On the same day her baby girl vanished, Gia found out she was pregnant with the sister Nicole had begged for. Gia is also devastated that her best friend Karen was supervising the playground when Nicole was taken. And when Nicole’s body is discovered, Gia can’t help but ask: why didn’t Karen protect her little girl?
Someone knows what happened in school that day and Detective Jo Fournier is determined to find the truth. Jo’s little nieces also attend Briar Ridge and she would cross mountains to keep them safe. As she starts to dig into the mothers’ secrets, she begins to wonder if anyone is telling the truth. Gia’s been hiding a part of herself for years and Jo can tell it’s eating her apart. And Karen is definitely lying—but what is more important than finding the killer of her best friend’s daughter?
As Gia and Karen struggle with their guilt, a teacher at Briar Ridge dies in what looks like a tragic accident. But with two deaths in such a short time, Jo knows better than that. In this school, where soccer moms flock to the gates with cookies for teachers, someone is willing to kill to keep a secret. The only question is who.
During my previous review for the author I said that she succeeded three times in a row to write an utterly captivating story. Well, let’s make that 4 times in a row, because this one was hitting bull’s eye as well.
Every parent wants to protect their child(ren). Some are doing a great job. Some, though, don’t exactly choose the right way of doing it. You can easily say they make everything worse, so much worse and the greatest problem is that they don’t even see it like that.
A murder is always shocking, but when a child is involved it touches me even more. How cruel are you when you hurt an innocent child, barely more than a baby? What could it have done to you to deserve this kind of punishment?
Is it a stranger lurking in the neighbourhood or does Detective Jo Fournier and her colleagues have to look for the culprit closer to home?
When the going gets though, the though get going and Jo knows what to do!
A great fourth book In this amazing series. There is a lot going on, but I can assure you, not everything is bad. There are some rays of sunshine peeking through the darkest clouds. Loved it. 5 stars.
Thank you, M.M. Chouinard and Bookouture
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 millennium, 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.