Detective Mackenzie (Mack) Price is back for her third outing.
Just like the second book this one starts where the previous one finished, and yes that means that you really need to have read the previous books to get the most out of this one.
The continuing story of Mack’s childhood and her relationships with her mother, father, and step father plays a huge part in each book.
The standalone part of this story begins when three young boys go missing on a school field trip, when one turns up dead the similarities to a series of murders which happened 8 years previously are hard to ignore. Those crimes were investigated by Macks partner, Nick, and he is convinced he had the right man.
From his prison cell, lifer Jeremiah Wozniak taunts the investigation team. The kidnapper of the boys leaves a note with the dead boy saying “Find Jonnys killer or they all die”
Jonny was a victim of Wozniak, but he was only convicted of the killing when the death was tagged onto his crimes after he was caught, when the body was found bearing his trade mark kill signatures.
Could Nick have wrongly attributed this boys death to Wozniak, and if he’s innocent of this killing, was he innocent of all of them.
The lives of the other two boys hang in the balance, as does Nicks reputation as an investigator, as does the reputation of an already beleaguered Police Department.
Meanwhile new Detective Austin Kennedy is looking into Macks Fathers death, which is putting her under huge psychological pressure.
A great story in a great series, but to get absolutely top marks for me a book needs to be able to be read as a standalone, even if it is in a series.
I feel that I would have been confused by some of this book had I not read the previous two. However I would recommend reading the series as a great read.
Publisher: Bookouture. Pages: 365. Publishing date: 6th May 2021