Laura is a rookie cop trying to show she is capable of doing her job despite her small stature and meek manner. She obtains her first investigation when a car crashes into a tree and goes up in flames. Clues point to a homicide, possibly involving the daughter of a famous local author. As Laura digs for clues and interviews the family she is convinced she knows who the killer is. But then the identity of the Jane Doe is revealed to be a missing girl, the investigation takes a different path. How did the missing girl find her way into the Jameson estate and eventually one of their cars? How did she meet her end and why? Admist this investigation is another bigger one into the corruption of the police force and how deep does it go. Why are some officers given special duty, while others are hung out to dry? Get ready for an action packed novel that will keep you guessing until the very end.
I had the honor of receiving this book from the publisher/author via NetGallery. I could not have been more excited for the opportunity to read this book.
It starts out with excitement with the fiery car accident and the mysterious driver, but as the story goes on it deeper into a homicide and keeps you guessing at what will happen next. There seemed to be a lot of premature theories and jumping to conclusions, but I guess that would come from the main character being new to the force, just off her training. There was another sub-plot about corruption in the force that I think was unnecessary, the story stood well on its own without that added tidbit. It almost feels a little too overdone - corruption in the force, but the main character and a few secondary ones are working to expose it as they are the only good ones. I hope there is a bigger story that come from that, but at this point it is still a mystery why that was included.
There are still a few questions within this story as I got to the end that leaves the book feeling almost unfinished. The moments of Laura expressing feelings for her neighbor felt more like fluff than anything else especially after he "sort of is seeing someone," that left me with a let down as there was a build up of possibly them getting together or a huge surprise twist him being the mastermind behind it all, but no. Again something else that could have been left completely out of the story and it would not have made much of a difference. I highly enjoyed the story and liked the added touch of "squatters" in the woods that was something different added to the story.
It was a mixture of predictable and unpredictable, if that makes any sense. There were parts I was able to figure out while others were a complete surprise. It held my attention throughout the story, I couldn't wait to find out who was the mastermind behind the murders. There were a few things that I was surprised wasn't revealed earlier such as the gravesite, I think having someone find it earlier and finding the girls already in it would have added to the story and suspense of who was killing these girls. I could almost see this plot reflected in a crime drama or movie.
I would highly recommend this book to mystery lovers of all sorts, as well as general fiction, suspense fans. I think there is a little of something everyone can enjoy in this book. I give this a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.