Detective Abby Pearce #2
Nancy Lavelle lies still on the floor. With her eyes looking towards her children’s rooms, her hands are clasped in prayer, as if the last thing she wished for was her children to be saved…
When Detective Abby Pearce is called to the Beach House, a holiday home in the most affluent part of Martha’s Vineyard, she finds five bodies. An entire family has been killed in a frenzied attack… all except one. Fifteen-year-old Karin is the only survivor. Sitting in the house, surrounded by her family, she stares into the distance and doesn’t say a word.
When Karin’s grandparents fly in to take her home, Abby’s investigation takes a shocking turn. Taking one look at the traumatised girl, they recoil—the girl curled up in a hospital bed isn’t their granddaughter. So who is she? And where is the real Karin Lavelle?
Abby fears the missing girl is in serious danger, and with local residents worried that the killer is still on the island and the press questioning her every move, she’s under pressure to solve both crimes fast. But when she uncovers a link between Thomas Lavelle’s New York office and her previous job at the NYPD, she begins to fear that these brutal murders are a sign… and that she’s next. Can she find the killer before another life is taken, or is she walking into a trap?
I have not read the first book in this series yet. That’s the problem with seeing so many good books I just have to read, but this being said it did not stop me from enjoying this one thoroughly.
So for me it was the first time I was being introduced to Detective Pearce and the rest of the police force of this part of the island. The author already gives us some insight in the past of our main character, but I have a feeling there is a lot more to find out still.
She and her boss are not the best of friends, but they have to work together and he knows he needs her to solve this crime staring a cruel, coldblooded killer. He is more used to work with petty crimes, she can fall back on her previous experience with the NYPD. Without her the killer would probably get off scot free, but Abby is not easily scared.
When it seems like it’s becoming very personal indeed, she is more than ever determined to put a stop to the killers killing spree.
In my opinion a great story, maybe sometimes a bit slow paced, but with more than enough things going on that kept me entertained and intrigued. Of course the suspect I had in mind had nothing to do with it LOL, but they had some explaining to do as well. 😊
I would love to read more about this small but very effective police team. 5 stars
Thank you, Dana Perry and Bookouture
About the author
Dana Perry is a New York City journalist and an author who writes mystery thrillers featuring Detective Abby Pearce on the island of Martha’s Vineyard (SILENT ISLAND, HER OCEAN GRAVE) and NYC newspaper reporter Jessie Tucker (THE GOLDEN GIRL, THE SILENT VICTIM).