When a serial killer has to start leaving bodies out in the open to make room for their latest victim things are seriously wrong.
The snow storm should have hidden the body, possibly for months but every crime books favourite unnamed character, the dog walker stumbles not only across the body, but also has a close encounter with the killer.
Detective Ellie Reeves is the first to the scene and is about to start a game of cat and mouse with the killer that will revoke memories of her own childhood.
The star of this book for me is the setting. Rita Herron uses the remote township of Crooked Creek for the small town scenario really well. Everybody knows everybody, except who is the killer.
They also know where to find Ellie, and how to show their frustrations when the case isn’t going well.
So when another girl goes missing the pressure starts to mount. Will that cause her to make a mistake, or let a slip of concentration leave her exposed.
One things for sure when everybody knows the towns detective, her history, and where to find her, that means so does the killer.
And, if you are a killer who thinks a Detective might be on to you, what would you do.
Is the killer in their own community, or is it one of the strangers who have set up remote communities around the mountains at the start of the Appalachian Trail
The characters Herron uses in all of her books are believable and engaging, when they are on the right side of the law, and utterly chilling when they are not.
But, as I’ve already said, it’s the setting that brings chills, and not just because of the snow storms. This book has that psychological thriller slant that had me on the edge of my seat.
A stunning read.
Pages: 449. Publisher: Bookouture Available now