In the stark light of dawn, the young couple are laid out on their backs by the dying campfire, their hands clasped between them. Their eyes are open, but their hearts are cold…
When a park ranger stumbles across the bodies of Valerie and Tyler Yates by a creek in the small town of Denton, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. Still reeling from the news that her abusive mother is dying, Josie suspects this is more than just accidental poisoning, and she’s right: someone jammed a crudely carved pendant necklace down Valerie’s throat before she died.
Combing the area, Josie’s team discover a third sleeping bag indicating there could have been an extra guest around the fire that night. A lucky escape? A missing victim? Or a suspect on the run? Finding this person is the key to the entire investigation…
Trawling the couple’s photo albums for clues, Josie can’t imagine why anyone might want to harm these smiling, carefree young lovers. Until a face in one of the pictures stops her in her tracks and leads her to a farmhouse hidden deep within the forest – a special place where people go to escape, and to hide. There they meet a young girl with frightened eyes and bandaged wrists who knows more than she is saying. But the next day she’s found dead, choked with a matching necklace…
With her mother’s life hanging by a thread, Josie has an impossible decision to make. But first she must find the meaning of the pendant and catch this twisted killer before another innocent life is taken. Is she already too late?
An addictive and gripping crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Readers who love Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and Rachel Caine will be sleeping with the lights on after this rollercoaster of a read.
Of all the emotions I’ve felt while reading the Detective Josie Quinn books, this is the first time I’ve ugly cried while reading one. You could say it’s because I’ve grown attached to these characters, or because, on some level, I can relate to them, but it’s not that. It’s the incredible writing and storytelling by Lisa Regan. I truly experienced every emotion while reading this story.
There’s some seriously dark stuff in this book and some dark people. With such a wide cast of characters, I never knew what to believe or whom to trust. That’s the beauty of the writing. Just when I thought I had things figured out, the world would shift and I’d be questioning everything again. Lisa Regan weaved a tale that had me second-guessing everything. Just when I thought I could trust someone, new revelations would come to light. And just when I thought all was lost, and Josie would never unravel the web of lies, things shifted again and I was left shocked by the outcome.
I’m not even sure what else to say about this story without giving something away. It’s light and it’s dark. It’s exhausting and it’s invigorating. It’s love and it’s hate. It’s an example of how horrible humans can be to each other, and an example of how kind they can be—or of how resilient they can be.
Masterfully plotted and written, this series, and this book will cause you to lose sleep. I’m yawning as I type this because I stayed up too late and then woke too early because I knew I was soooo close to finishing and I had to know! I had to finish!
Another incredible 5-star read from Lisa Regan, and undoubtedly destined to be a best-seller!