Rating: 4/5 Stars
Format: Read via Kindle Unlimited (located in popular category)
Thrillers are amongst my favorite genres. I am often hopeful when beginning a new series I will leave the book with another recommendation or next book to look forward to. So I picked this one up from Kindle Unlimited, but I didn’t know what to expect.
Jessica Shaw is originally from New York. She’s been traveling around doing private investigator work around the country since her dad died. His death has hit her pretty hard… since he’s been gone, she’s been drinking, smoking, and getting a lot of tattoos to grieve in her own manner. She gets an anonymous email with a picture of a missing little girl from 20 years plus before. Jessica is shocked to realize she’s the little girl in the photo. She finds out her actual mother was murdered, and she has been missing since the night it occurred. Now she’s wondering what secrets her father had been keeping. There’s also the storyline of a sex worker who was murdered, and a detective named Pryce trying to solve the case. The threads which connect Jessica to Pryce are revealed, but I don’t want to spoil the book.
Overall, I did like the book. I was invested in the story and discovering what happened to Jessica after her mom’s murder. The entire story I never believed her father was the one who was the murderer. Even though the town blamed him for it, none of the signs pointed to him, at least in my experience in reading thrillers and mysteries. At times, the book wasn’t written the best with the same reiteration of Jessica being upset about her dad dying. I understand grief is strong. Gray just overused it when she seemed at a loss on how to explain who Jessica was or her feelings. I can connect to the feeling on a person level, but a dead parent isn’t a personality trait and I wish books would stop trying to make it one.
I did not like the whole killer revealed mystery because on second thought, it was plain as day when the character is introduced. I know it’s meant to be shocking or whatever, but I was annoyed at the big reveal. The ending of the book seemed rushed and sloppy… it was like Jessica finds out some news, getting ready, mystery reveal, disappointment last chapter, the end. The rest of the book was really good, which is why I didn’t give it a lower rating. I plan to read the next book,I just hope it’s written better.
Until I rant about books again,