The young woman’s mouth is slightly parted, as if waiting to speak. Her body is frozen in ice and her blue eyes stare at the sky, perhaps wanting to look at the stars one last time…
When the body of a woman is found in a frozen river, Jessie Novak and her partner Detective Sam Dallas rush to the scene. Jessie is shocked to find the girl in the ice is Sheila Logan, who she worked closely with for years. Jessie desperately wants to find out how this young and talented woman ended up an innocent victim.
But who would want to kill her? As she digs into Sheila’s past, Jessie realises she was having an affair with a colleague and may even have been pregnant. Was someone looking for revenge? Jessie knows how it feels to be betrayed by those you love—her mother walked out on her when she was just a baby and never looked back.
When another body turns up, this time Sheila’s elderly neighbor, Jessie sees a lethal pattern forming. Next, someone breaks into her car and she knows she’s being warned off the case. But with the killer in her sights, will she take the deadliest risk of her life? Can Jessie catch him, before he catches up to her?
I have not read the first part of this series yet, but I had no problem in getting the feel of the atmosphere.
I like books where the police team is in the picture, but I also like it when the police works together with a civilian such as a psychologist or a doctor. The author chose a nurse working in ER, Jessie Novak.
They are working closely together, but they don’t always see eye to eye. The police follows one thread. Jessie is convinced that’s not the way to go. Who is right? Who cracks the case open?
Jessie is a great character. She has a big heart and everybody likes her. Except for the bad guys of course when they believe she is on to them. She is not easily scared and if she is, she does not show it. She has one goal and one goal only: putting the baddies where they belong for a very long time.
Jessie’s head is not only filled with the case, but her private life is keeping her busy too. Is she dealing with someone genuine or with a fraud?
I enjoyed this story a lot. There was someone I did not quite trust from the moment I met them, but was my feeling spot on this time or was I wrong once again?
Looking forward to see what happens next. 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