Charlotte Winters #3
Nestled in the autumn leaves, her hair tangled in thick brambles, the girl looks like she could be sleeping amongst the wild roses. But the trail of red across her delicate throat means this is a slumber she will never wake from…
When a search party trawling Salem Island find a girl’s body curled on the damp earth, the hunt for missing waitress Emma Jacobis grinds to a devastating halt. The day before, Emma had come to Detective Charlie Winters convinced someone was watching her. In her trembling hand she held a sketch of herself sleeping peacefully with the stuffed rabbit she’d had since she was a child. On the back, scrawled in black ink: You will be mine…
A box containing handwritten letters found under Emma’s bed is Charlie’s first lead. But the handwriting isn’t a match to the note left for Emma. With the help of her new assistant, a troubled girl eager to learn the ropes, Charlie’s only hope is to canvas the bar where Emma worked. There, she finds a woman with fear in her eyes and a terrifying story to tell about an encounter with a dangerous stranger. Is someone in this small town targeting vulnerable girls as prey?
Certain she’s found a twisted killer’s hunting ground, and with time running out before he strikes again, Charlie has no choice but to use her new assistant as bait to lure him out into the open. But when a scream pierces through the night, will Charlie survive the consequences? She has to, or there’s no knowing how many more innocent girls will die …
There is nothing wrong with someone watching you sleep IF they are someone you love. In that case it even is cute and heart warming, but if it’s someone you don’t know and they do it whilst hiding it a totally different story. It’s scaring and creepy and often it’s not they only thing they want to do. They want more, so much more whether you like it or not.
This is a very good story. I had the impression the authors opened a big new bottle of creepiness and suspense and deliberately poured it over the book and I loved it.
Charlie Winters is once again shining as the leading lady, but her uncle Frank, assistant Paige and best friend Zoe are major players too. What about Will? Well, that a bit of a game of ‘I want him’, ‘I want him not’, ‘I want him’, and repeat. 😉 Of will she make up her mind…? Deep down she knows what she wants, but will she say it out loud?
And than there is Allie… Not one to sugar coat her opinions. She is so funny. Her jokes give you time to take a breathe before you are plunged into the suspense again.
Part 4? Yes, please! 5 stars
Thank you, L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain and Bookouture
About the authors
L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain are the authors of the Violet Darger series and The Scattered and the Dead series among others, which have collectively tallied over a million downloads. Their book, Dead End Girl, peaked at #3 in the US Kindle charts and has remained in the top 10 in multiple sub-categories since it was published in 2017.