Detective Madison Harper #5
“Mommy, wake-up,” he cries, pulling at her beautiful blonde hair. She’s silent, and her skin is deathly white. Tears roll down his cheeks as he realizes something is very wrong…As snow falls on the small town of Lost Creek, Colorado, a three-year-old boy is found playing quietly in his car seat, his mother, cold as ice, slumped against the steering wheel in front. Tearing herself away from reconnecting with her special agent father who abandoned her for his career, Detective Madison Harper is haunted by the fear in the boy’s sky-blue eyes, and vows to find justice for this innocent child, left motherless just days before Christmas.Madison works around the clock on her only clue: a perfect circle of clean glass found on the car’s rear window. But she’s stopped in her tracks the moment another mother is found dead outside a church during Midnight Mass, her young boy left sucking his thumb on the frozen ground beside her. It can’t be a coincidence.The need to spare the children might hint to the suspect being a woman, but the deeper Madison digs, the closer she gets to a serial killer her own father spent a lifetime chasing. Has the killer followed her father here? Could Madison, single mother to a son herself, be next?As a blizzard closes in, wreaking havoc on the investigation, Madison hits the same dead ends her father did all those years ago. But when her closest friend goes missing, Madison must dive into the mind of this twisted soul and risk it all to stop another heart-shattering tragedy. But will she make it in time?
Why does someone kill? People have different motives, based on the things they went through. The traumas they have are the results of the horrible events they had either to witness, to undergo or maybe, for some, even both. They had to deal with all of this at an often very young age. More than once they were not given the right treatment or no treatment at all.
It’s only natural they cannot cope. They cannot move on. Their frustrations and helplessness has to come out somehow. That’s when, sometimes, a serial killer is born. They get satisfaction for a while, but soon the effects wear off and they are forced to go on another killing spree.
I do not support them in that, but I do understand that it must drive them crazy. Do we have to blame the medial world? Maybe, but I also realise how hard it is to look inside someone’s head. Maybe they cannot corporate. Maybe they don’t want to. That leaves the therapists with their backs against the wall or should they keep on trying? Should they care more?
All this is hard to say and hard to prove. The only certainty is this: a poor disturbed person is let loose on innocent people.
I have read a few books by this author before. She writes series as well as stand alone stories and they all are excellent. They are full of suspense, fast paced and don’t forget the bucket load of emotions she has added to the mix.
The motives used in books are often the same, but the background differs of course. In my opinion, the author created a very original reason why this person turned into a killer. One sentence they overheard causing this click in their head.
Sometimes it’s not only what people say, but also when, where and in front of whom they do it.
A wonderful read where I suspected one person and changed my mind afterwards. I was still wrong though. 😉 5 brightly shining stars.
About the author
Wendy is the bestselling author of the Detective Madison Harper crime series.
She is a former coroner’s assistant turned crime writer who writes a mixture of standalone thrillers, crime series and short stories. Some of her books have been shortlisted for various writing competitions and awards, including the Mslexia novel writing competition and the International Thriller Writer Awards.
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