Charlotte Winters #1
Down the beach, she can just make out the rusting hulk of the Ferris wheel through the dawn mist. The hairs prickle on her neck as she drags her focus back to the chestnut hair fanned out in the shallow water at her feet, to the grains of sand decorating the beautiful girl’s white cheeks like freckles.
Detective Charlie Winters never thought she’d find herself back on Salem Island, but she’s forced home re-open the wound that never healed: her sister was abducted from the small town when they were teenagers. But now a family friend needs her help to find her missing daughter, Kara.
Searching Kara’s messy, poster-covered bedroom, Charlie finds more questions than answers. Did Kara run away, or was she snatched? She’s clearly been keeping secrets from her family—but don’t all teenagers?
A little black matchbook hidden in a jewellery box is Charlie’s only lead, but the seedy nightclub it comes from proves to be nothing but a dangerous dead end. Until Charlie is approached by a second distraught mother whose daughter has also vanished.
Forced at every turn to relive the trauma she ran away from, Charlie’s blood runs cold when a girl’s body is discovered in the exact spot on the water’s edge where the last trace of her sister was found. It’s clear someone is taunting Charlie, but with other innocent girls’ lives at risk, she has no choice but to take the bait…
The first book in a new series and I was looking forward to making new friends, because honestly if you read a series meeting up with the main characters again feels like reading about fictional friends.
Often the investigators are police officers. Here the biggest part of the job is being done by a PI. This mean she is a bit freer and does not always have to follow the rules but it certainly helps when you have a good friend who is a cop and you can join forces.
Charlotte is also fighting her own demons. I hope she can conquer them too.
I liked the protagonist. She is brave and I admire her for going through those creepy situations. She does not give up easily. Well, she does not give up at all in fact. 🙂
The story is well structured and had me guessing who was the culprit until the end. I really enjoyed the conversations between Charlie and her sister. They made me smile more than once. A fascinating story that kept me entertained from the first page until the last one. I certainly would like to read more books by these authors. 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.
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