You thought your little girl was safe at summer camp. You were wrong…
The little girl drags her eyes open, realizing she’s starting to fade. She tries calling out—“Daddy?”—using all her remaining strength. But she’s too late and her voice just isn’t loud enough…
When Detective Madison Harper arrives at a remote summer camp in Shadow Falls, northern California, her heart breaks for Jenny, the sweet little girl last seen splashing in the lake with her friends before she vanished. Peering into the silent cabins filled with rows of neatly made beds, Madison knows this idyllic place is hiding a terrible secret.
The girl’s parents are distraught, and the local police have no leads—they desperately need Madison’s help. She’ll do whatever it takes to crack this case, because it’s the only way back to the son she lost to the care system years ago when she was framed for a crime she didn’t commit.
But with the camp staff keeping tight-lipped and her new partner on the edge of a breakdown, Madison can’t find any truth to her instinct that there is more to Jenny’s perfect parents than meets the eye. Until she discovers a disturbing family portrait Jenny drew at the local library. Was this angelic girl more troubled than anybody knew? Was she in danger from those she trusted most?
One thing is certain, if Madison doesn’t find the answers soon, the lives of more innocent children will be at risk…
I have read other books by this author and they were are great ones. I was very curious to meet her new main characters and find out what they would get on their plates.
First of all I have to mention that the protagonists have been through the wringer themselves. They are still fighting to get order in their private lives, but in the meantime they put those battles on the backburner to solve other people’s mysteries. Their minds are not always in the best of places, but they support each other to get through those black holes. It only takes one person to believe in you in order to get you back on the right track.
Needless to say that there is a lot going on in this book and you might have guessed that’s impossible to unravel everything unless you turn it into a 1000 pages or more kind of story. So the author decided to keep the readers salivating for the rest. 😉
In the beginning you get a lot to deal with. You get to know both Nate and Madison and you also get a peek into the case they will have to try and solve. You don’t really know how this all will come together and what it will lead to, but rest assured, it will come together and how!
The book has twists and turns to keep you occupied and although, in my opinion, sometimes a little bit over the top, it still was a very good read.
I, for one, hopped in the back of their car on the way to their next adventure. Looking forward to find out what the author still has in store for us. 4 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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