Shivering in the early morning chill, the caretaker flips the switch on the Ferris wheel and stumbles back in shock. The teenage girl’s body is slumped in a halo of pretty colored lights, long red hair spilling over her tear-stained cheeks, her eyes fixed forever on her dangling feet.
When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide––a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments…
Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?
It’s only when Madison finally finds the knife used to harm Nikki, tucked in an almost impossible to find hiding place, that she knows she is closing in on a twisted killer. But the last person she expects to see dragged into the department in handcuffs is her own missing son…
Oh I am so happy this book is being published already. I means I did not have to wait a very long time to see what happens next. Woohoo!!
I enjoyed the first part of the series, but I was totally blown away by this one. It was so shockingly, incredibly, amazingly good. I don’t seem to be able to find enough adjectives to describe my feelings.
The good thing is that it’s not over yet. I can hardly wait for the next book.
If you read my previous review, you might remember that I said I hopped into the back of Nate, Brody and Madison’s car on their way to their next adventure. Well, I hardly had time to fasten my seatbelt before I was thrown right in the middle of the action.
OMG! Well, they say you have to be prepared to expect the unexpected and tell you what: they were absolutely right! I never saw that coming and the author did not give me a lot of time to come up for air. I barely had the time to pick up my jaw from the floor and my mouth fell open once more.
Great, great book! 5 stars
Thank you, Wendy Dranfield and Bookouture
About the author
Wendy is a former coroner’s assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband and 3 cats.
As well as her two crime series and the YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – Wendy has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition.
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