“Please, not in front of my daughter,” she pleaded. “She’s just a little girl.” He leaned closer, so close she felt his heated breath on her face. The blue jays that had been filling the valley with their chirping fell silent all at once when the woman’s cry ripped through the clear mountain air…
Detective Kay Sharp vowed she’d never return to her childhood home. On the night of her thirteenth birthday her broken family was shattered beyond repair, and leaving was the only option. Unable to fix her own past, she’s been an FBI profiler for over a decade, desperate to save others.
But now Kay’s back and only she can solve the crime that has rocked the tight-knit community of Mount Chester to its core. A dead woman has been found by Silent Lake under the dew-covered Fall leaves, her hair braided and her body wrapped in a blanket. This small town may be a stranger to murder, but Kay recognizes the signs of a serial killer. She’s certain that the ritualistic nature of the scene means it’s just a matter of time until he strikes again––unless she catches him first.
As yellow do-not-cross tape flaps in the biting wind, another woman is reported missing. Kay leads a frenzied search for out-of-towner Alison Nolan and when she locates her car, Kay’s blood turns to ice as she shines her flashlight on the backseat and sees a teddy bear. Alison’s six-year-old little girl, Hazel, has vanished too.
Kay knows the missing-person investigation could turn into a murder case at any second. But as she hunts for the culprit, her own past closes in on her. Can she find the killer before it’s too late? And will the secret she thought she’d buried stay that way?
My first book by this author (I know shame on me) and it certainly won’t be my last.
I was captivated by the thrilling hunt for the unsub as well as by the background story of Detective Kay Sharp.
More than once I held my breath felt my heart breaking or my eyes filling with tears.
Your babies… from the moment they were born, your heart filled with love. You swore you would love them and protect them for ever… Then you see changes. You think you know how to handle the situation, but it seems like you don’t. You don’t understand what went wrong and why and there is only one thing you can do in your opinion…
Sometimes I think we forget that those ruthless, vicious, heartless killers once were tiny, innocent babies craving love and attention. Was it their parents’ fault that things went wrong? In some cases, I guess we may say yes without a doubt. Not everybody is strong enough to fight and chose the right path and those who have to fend for themselves often fall by the wayside. And then you have that third category: respected in the community and clever enough to cover their tracks…for a while at least.
I know a sob story is not enough to excuse a killer’s behaviour, but it certainly helps you to understand where they came from.
A very good book that deserves 5 stars without a doubt
Thank you, Leslie Wolfe and Bookouture
About the Author
Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology.
Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
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