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The young woman lay among the rocks next to the creek like a broken doll, strands of her long dark hair covering her face. Her body was the kind of cold that only the dead can be…
A body lies beside Kettlewell Creek, the waters rushing and churning next to her broken form. When Detective Josie Quinn arrives at the scene, she finds few clues and a victim with no enemies. Nineteen-year-old Sharon Eddy was cherished by her beloved grandmother, who raised her, and her death shocks the Denton community where she worked at the local animal hospital.
When Josie is called to the morgue to hear the results of Sharon’s autopsy, the case takes a sinister turn. She is horrified to see that a mark has been burned on to Sharon’s left hip with a cattle brand: a horseshoe shot through with an arrow. Shaken and terrified, the usually cool and collected Medical Examiner Anya Feist lifts her own top to show Josie an identical mark. Ten years ago, Anya fled her hometown after her marriage to her high school sweetheart ended in terror.
But Josie can find nothing to connect Anya’s ex-husband Vance Hadlee to the murder. Her search of his family farm leads to more questions than answers.
Then another body is found. A young woman in a red coat, lying in her final resting place, her hip bearing the same tell-tale horseshoe mark. As Josie gets closer to finding the truth, the killer creeps ever closer to home, threatening the lives of those Josie loves the most. Can she put together the pieces of this terrifying puzzle before it’s too late?
A completely unputdownable crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Gripping, page-turning and guaranteed to keep you up all night, it’s perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine
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This is book #17 of the Josie Quinn series. Whilst it can be read as a standalone book, I would recommend reading the books in series order. We are back with the Denton Police Force where Detective Josie Quinn is leading the investigation into the murder of 19 year old Sharon Eddy. I’ve followed the series from the very beginning and Quinn is an amazingly strong character who, over the series of books, has endured grief, heartbreak and trauma which would break most people. The storyline begins strong and straight into the action with the discovery of a body, and continues with a shocking and emotional storyline involving Denton’s very own medical examiner, Dr Anya Feist.
The author takes us on a twisty-turny tale with lots of characters to suspect of being the killer. The usual characters from the series are all back to help with the investigation, and we are introduced to an array of supporting characters that manage to make the storyline that little bit more unsettling and sinister! I loved trying to work out who the killer might be, but the author kept this reveal close until the right time, leaving with many dead ends throughout. The location added to the suspense of the book, with the little town of Denton becoming more frightening as the series moves on, not helping with the amount of serial killers it attracts!
The book was gripping and held my attention throughout. I have to admit that I do prefer UK based crime, but I do hold a soft spot in my heart for certain US authors and their books – this author and series is definitely one of them! The storyline held my interest from the first page and as I turned the page I could feel the fear, suspense and tension which was being built up throughout the story! A shocking and emotional instalment to the series, but let’s face it, Quinn and her team are no strangers to lots of shock and emotions!! Love Josie Quinn and love this series! Cannot wait until the next book! Would definitely recommend!!
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. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com
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