I have a confession, until I read this book I had not heard of B.R Spangler. Well I have now and I shall be looking forward to the release of his books, especially in this series.
When I see that a book is the first in a series I always think, “That’s a brave thing to say, what if it’s no good”.
There is no such worry with this book. The story and the characters are great and I have a feeling this one is going to fly off the shelves.
Detective Casey White is a cop on enforced leave following an incident in her own department. Casey’s daughter Hannah was taken from the road outside her house 14 years ago, and Casey hasn’t stopped looking for her. So whilst she’s on leave she follows up an old cold lead that she rediscovered when she was moving her stuff around on her home incident wall.
As she approaches her destination, a holiday town on the coast, she comes across a young woman in the road.
The woman has just escaped from her own hell and Casey rushes her to the nearest hospital.
Whilst she’s there she comes across one of the towns former Sheriffs, Jericho Flynn, who is now marine patrol officer.
It becomes apparent that the town has recently lost its detective and needs help investigating where the young woman had come from, and when a second, seemingly unrelated crime, occurs aboard a Super Yatch the towns Mayor, and Jericho convince Casey to stay and help.
What follows is a great story. Small town USA, a relatively sleepy place, becomes the national focus because of the story of the Super Yatch. Meanwhile Casey and Jericho are convinced that the story of the woman, found by Casey, and the Yatch incidents are unrelated and start a second investigation.
From there on the crimes start to increase, and at times the lines between the two investigations become blurred.
But, what a story.
This book is fantastic. The characters would stand out in any book, but as the start of a new series this is a great introduction.
I love it when I find a new author that I like. It’s even better when I find them at the beginning of a news series.
I’m into this one from the start, and I’m here for the long term.
Publishing date UK: 15th May 2020