Detective Josie Quinn #12
The woman is kneeling at a gravestone, her hair blowing in the breeze, a bunch of wilting yellow daffodils on the grass beside her. Her eyes are fixed on the ground and her mouth is parted in a silent prayer. But the wax dripping from her cold blue lips means it’s already too late to save her…
On her first day back with the Denton PD after a major trauma, Detective Josie Quinn is on the hunt for a missing woman, Krystal Duncan, the mother of one of five children killed in a devastating school bus crash. Hours later, Josie finds Krystal’s body beside her daughter’s grave, her lips sealed together forever with wax.
Forensics match the wax to one of the candles lit in memory of the sweet little souls who died, giving Josie her first lead to a support group made up of the parents who lost children in the crash. Painstakingly dissecting the lives of these grieving couples, it’s clear to Josie that each of them is hiding something about the day of the accident—but whose secret is worth killing for?
The case takes an agonizing turn when the body of another young mother is found near the site of the bus crash. Someone connected to the accident is out for revenge. As the members of the support group are picked off one by one, every second counts for Josie to save the lives of these loving parents who have already suffered the loss of those they treasured most…
Wow! This book pulled my heartstrings in every possible direction! The feelings of grief described by the author are so strong and real that I actually felt them too.
There is a lot of pain in this story. Not only for Josie but also for the other characters. It always hard when you loose someone but when you are filled with guilt it’s even a lot harder. You are always stuck with that ‘what if’ or ‘if only’ feeling and that’s really killing you. Life goes on though and you have to learn and give your pain a place. Of course it takes time. A lot of time.
Accidents happen all the time. The person responsible is caught but that’s only a small consolation. The pain remains and it does not bring your loved one back. Little by little lies are discovered and it seems everything was not just black and white. There were a lot of shades of grey in between…
This book had a different feel to it, but just like the rest of the series, it’s amazing once again. It makes you think about life and about enjoying it as much as you can surrounded by family and friends. 5 stars
Thank you, Lisa Regan and Bookouture
About the author
Lisa Regan is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series. Lisa is a member of Sisters In Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the U.S. with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.