Who better to catch a murderer than a woman raised by one?
The beautiful young woman’s long black hair clings to her face like seaweed. As Nadine turns the body, she prays this will be different: but seeing the wounds, her prayers go unanswered. It’s just like the others. An exact match to her mother’s victims.
Keeping her head down and refusing to let anyone get close is Agent Nadine Finch’s atonement for never realising her mother Arleen was a serial killer. But when the body of a young woman is found drifting in the warm Sarasota Bay waters, right where Nadine grew up, the past she’s worked so hard to keep hidden comes calling.
Rushing to the scene, Nadine is the first to notice the circle carved around the girl’s ring finger. It’s the exact same marking Arleen left on all her victims. Suddenly, Nadine is a teenager again, watching her mother come home to their trailer in the middle of the night, covered in blood.
With a heartbroken family reeling, and no witnesses or forensic evidence, Nadine has no choice but to face her demons and visit her mother in prison. When her mother whispers a name Nadine hasn’t heard for years, the case takes a terrifyingly personal turn, and returning home, the bag of bloodied clothes left on Nadine’s bed tells her someone is watching her every move…
With her dark family history out in the open, it’s not long before suspicion falls on Nadine herself. As her team turn against her, the closer she gets to her mother and this case, the more danger she’s in. Time is running out. Can she catch the killer—or will she be the next victim of this dark family legacy?
OMG! This book was like a workout for my stomach. It did some strange summersaults from time to time, but the story was so good I just had to keep on reading. I just had to finish it. That means that it kept me up past my bed time but it was worth every minute.
Another part of my body that was getting some action (no, not that one, you twisted minds lol) was my heart. It felt like a horse participating in a gymkhana. I was so engrossed that when my dog suddenly started to bark, I almost hit the roof. 😊
I have to say that I had an idea about the identity of the culprit, but the author made me change my mind several times although that one name kept forcing itself to the frontline. Was I right or not? Well, that is something I am not going to reveal, because if you should have the same feeling, I am not going to spoil it for you. You will have to be patient and enjoy the very good story.
I think I have said everything I wanted to say, but in a nutshell: very interesting, creepy story and I am looking forward to part 2. 5 stars
Thank you, Jenna Kernan and Bookouture
About the Author
Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jenna Kernan is a two-time RITA nominee and winner of the Book Buyers’ Best award. Prior to signing with Bookouture, she published over thirty novels including her popular APACHE PROTECTOR series, and is a member of numerous writing groups, including International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Florida Mystery Writers and Novelists, Inc. and frequently attends conferences on police procedure at the Writers Police Academy and MurderCon. Jenna currently lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband. A natural redhead, she has recently increased her sunblock to SPF 50.