on May 6 2019
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Also by this author: Santa's Slayings
One small town.
One lost love.
Agent Caitlin Cade is called back to her hometown by a serial killer. She’s avoided the town for six years, trying to create a new life away from the painful memories of the sudden passing of her father and a love lost.
Dean Campbell was given a mission that forced him to walk away from the only woman he had ever loved. Just as his mission is over and he can return to her news reaches him that a serial killer has Caitlin caught in a deadly game.
Can Dean handle not being the one in control in order to show Caitlin he’s back for good? Can Caitlin not only face her past but also a killer who always seems two steps ahead of her? As a game of chess plays out using human bodies, secrets and lies come to see the light of day for the first time.
✮ My Review ✮
I was hooked on this book from the word go! I devoured 30% of the book on my lunch break and then had to go back to pesky work, I know right! Whilst I was working I kept thinking about this book, all night I was thinking about this book until I got the chance to finish it. What a story!
Now, this is book two of a series which I didn’t realise and the author puts a note to say you need to read the first book. Erm..confession time I did not read it, but I found you could read The Forgotten Ones without reading the first book. I, however, want to read the first one because I loved the intensity with Caitlin and Dean and I need to read more about the other characters! I mean I also want book three now!!!
Not going to lie, there were a couple of cringe-esque bits in the narrative and some of the dialogue between Dean and Caitlin, which did make me giggle and a couple of steamy sex scenes. Yet, it didn’t distract me from the book, all I wanted them to do was hurry up with the horizontal dancing so I could go back and catch a serial killer! But I definitely shipped these two, despite all the heartache.
The killer is a dark twisty one, luring both the MCs back to Dripping Springs in Texas, somewhere which is now on my bucket list to visit (if it’s a real place obviously). I thought I was clever and guessed the killer really early on, everything pointed to said person and when I was shown who it actually was, I had to re-read it a couple of times as my jaw had smacked the floor hard! I was not expecting that reveal for sure!!
You can feel that the race is on with this murderous spree ramping up quick! What is the significance of the bodies being dumped in certain sites? Why the nail polish? Why the chess pieces? All lead to an interesting answer and a completely bat-shit crazy person!
So much I want to say about the story but I won’t. The writing sucked me in straight away, so much ambiguity in the characters, teasing and encouraging you to keep reading. Snappy chapters from Caitlin, Dean and occasionally the dark mind of our killer, all enticing you to keep reading. So I did! I found it such a great book to pick up and it was an easy read, albeit dark and viscous at time. All the while leading you to a point of no return and leaving you thinking about the book constantly…Well, I did!! Plus when you learn why the book is called The Forgotten Ones and why the front cover is the way it is, well it might just break your heart just a little bit!
All I can say Ms Bills nailed it!! So when is the next one coming out? I need it like now!!
Until next time xxx
Until next time xxx
Thank you so much to Giselle at Xpresso Tours for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review
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