Rain rattles through the trees as she leans into the car, careful not to touch anything. Two pretty blue eyes stare back through the dark, wide with relief, or maybe fear. A baby girl, wrapped up in a pink snowsuit, reaches out a tiny hand. Her mother is nowhere to be found…
An abandoned baby is the last thing Detective Madison Harper expects to find as she drives to her first day back at work since the case that ripped her life apart. But as she cradles the shivering child close, all her instincts tell her there’s something more sinister at play. Then she finds a lone sneaker down a muddy trail nearby, the laces spattered with blood…
In a town as small as Lost Creek, Colorado, the baby and the shoe are quickly identified as belonging to Kacie Larson, a waitress at the local diner who quietly stashed away her tips to make a better life for her daughter. A mother herself, Madison can’t believe that Kacie would just abandon her child, but she also can’t convince her new team. Not for the first time, Madison feels she must go it alone to get the job done.
But when a body is pulled from a nearby lake, and it’s not Kacie, the case takes an agonizing turn. Is this missing mother really who she says she is? Is there a chance she’s still alive? Madison barely has time to think before the sweet little girl she rescued is snatched on a crowded street. Gone, in the blink of an eye.
To break this case and earn her place back on the force, Madison must learn to trust her team, and herself again—and fast. If she doesn’t find this twisted individual in time, a little girl could die…
Time seems to stand still when you are looking forward to the next part in one (or more) of your favorite series. Can you imagine how I felt when I took a look at my schedule and saw that this one was next on my list. I most certainly did a happy dance. 🙂
The two previous books were gemstones. Was the author going to deliver another three in a row work of art? Yes, yes, yes. This story was amazing too. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it.
Can you read it as a standalone? Yes, you can. Should you read it as a standalone? No, you shouldn’t. It’s too important to know what happened in the past to skip it. Will you still enjoy the book? Yes, you will, but you will be missing out on so much good stuff.
I opened the book and my heart broke in one thousand pieces. This was quite an eye opener. The rest of the story is filled with suspense and some devastating things occurred. The heartbreak is not over yet though…
Some questions were answered and new ones popped up which makes me counting the days once again. I love this series. 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.
Her first novel (The Girl Who Died) was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition. Since then she has written two crime series – one follows Officer Dean Matheson on his quest to make detective, and the other is her current series which follows Detective Madison Harper as she tries to reclaim her life after spending six years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit.
As well as crime novels Wendy also has short stories published in various anthologies in the UK and the US, and she has been shortlisted and longlisted for various writing competitions.
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