The girl in the photo was laughing, her head thrown back, her lips painted a bright red. Jessie could feel the simple joy reflected in that moment. And as she looked closer, she saw the same gold cross and chain that had adorned the first victim’s neck.
When a young woman falls to her death from a parking garage, the Boston police department rule it as a suicide. But when Jessie Novak examines the scene, she isn’t so sure… The girl’s delicate hands are bruised and her fingernails torn: evidence of a struggle. Did someone push her from the roof?
Then a second young woman is found dead, this time at the foot of her dorm building, her hands injured in the same way as the first victim’s with a gold cross and chain clutched in her fist. Jessie is convinced there is a connection and that a twisted killer is on the loose.
Just as Jessie thinks she is closing in on the culprit, her worst fears are realized: a third girl is found dead. The gap between murders is closing: the killer is getting more confident. He will never stop until he is caught.
But little does Jessie know that, while she works to pick up the trail of her suspect, he is already on hers. She is the only one who can stop this monster before he kills again—but to save the next innocent life, is she prepared to risk her own?
This is another great book starring our forensic nurse Jessie Novak. Her role is to assist the Boston Police department, but nosy as she is, she often follows her own path and I believe soon Detective Sam will not only have silver eyes but his hair will turn that colour too. 😊
She makes my hair stand up sometimes and I feel like screaming : bad idea, go back, wait, but she does not hear me. She feels so strong about bringing justice to ‘her’ victims and wants to put the culprits behind bars rather sooner than later, she often forgets about the dangers.
In the meantime, she also has to deal with a ghost from the past. Will she let them in? Will she be able to put the past where it belongs or has she been hurt to deeply to do that?
When she is feeling a bit down, she can always count on her friend and neighbour Rufus and vice versa. Maybe he is even more a bit of a granddad to her and she loves him dearly.
Speaking about love… Are the feeling between her and her boyfriend growing stronger every day or is there someone lurking in the background, ready to step in?
I really enjoyed this story. The baddie is taking a lot of risks, but still thinks he can outsmart everyone. That is until his and Jessie’s paths crossed… 5 stars
Thank you, Roberta Gately and Bookouture
About the Author
Roberta Gately, lives in Boston where she works as a nurse at the Boston Medical Center. It was in the ER where she developed an interest in the investigations behind the crimes and the victims she encountered. Working in a busy ER is much like being a detective—the search for answers is a methodical process, not unlike the work required to solve a murder!
Her crime series with Bookouture stars the brave and brilliant ER nurse Jessie Novak who teams up with her detective friend to solve tricky Boston murder cases. Expect addictive mysteries, breathtaking suspense and a gutsy heroine you’ll never forget. When she’s not writing or working at the hospital, Roberta enjoys reading, working out and spending time with friends and family.
She has also worked in humanitarian aid, providing medical care in some of the world’s bleakest spots ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. Her two previous novels, Lipstick in Afghanistan and The Bracelet were based upon her experiences of nursing abroad. Her memoir—Footprints in the Dust tells the true stories of some of the extraordinary people she met.
Author website: robertagately.com
Facebook page: facebook.com/RobertaGatelyAuthor