Series: Detectives Kane and Alton #12
Published by Bookouture on July 7, 2021
Source: Net Galley
Also by this author: Don't Tell A Soul , Bring Me Flowers , Follow Me Home, The Crying Season, Where Angels Fear , Whisper in the Night , Break the Silence, Her Broken Wings, Her Shallow Grave, Promises in the Dark, Be Mine Forever
She wakes to the sound of footsteps outside her secluded home. Moving toward the window, she scans the dark woods around her and freezes. A tall figure in a long dark coat holds a crossbow pointed right at her. She blinks as lightning cracks overhead. But when she opens her eyes, the figure has vanished…
When the body of a man is found in the dense forest surrounding Black Rock Falls, Sheriff Jenna Alton immediately sees disturbing similarities with a past case—the same murder weapon, the remote beauty spot, and the way the victim is perched against a tree with no sign of a struggle. But the killer in that case was jailed for life.
Jenna suspects a copycat killer and her fears are confirmed when, during the town’s Halloween festival, the bodies of two tourists are found further down the remote trail. They too had been hunted down and murdered in another picturesque spot and all Jenna can hope is that the man behind bars can help her catch the twisted monster behind these new deaths.
As she comes face to face with the vicious murderer who has haunted her dreams for years, she is sure he knows more than he’s telling her. Looking deep into Jenna’s eyes, as if they’re two old friends catching up, he promises to take his final revenge on her for locking him up. But before she can learn more, he is dragged away by prison guards.
When a sudden emergency call takes Jenna and her deputy David Kane deep into the woods, Jenna senses something is very wrong about the situation. As a strange calmness falls over the forest, a familiar face emerges from the shadows. Will this killer be the one who finally takes down Sheriff Alton, and can they make it out of the forest alive?
God!! This must be the darkest opening to a book I have read in a long time, but it didn’t relent from the Prologue, the opening chapters were also so intense. The action didn’t calm down for a while either. I had my heart in my throat as I had no idea how the events would play out, Jeez Louise and that’s just the opener!!
After that, well Ms Hood likes to throw out emotions and fears through the wringer to just spit us out, right at the end. We are taken back to a whole horrible nightmare that we lived a few books back and it feels like it is all happening all over again, but there is no way it can? Right?
It does feel that all the crazies go to Black Rock Falls, I mean I know I would love to go, but Dave got it spot on with his speech to Jenna. The crazies don’t go to challenge them both but because their county is vast. Which is true, but then if the crazies didn’t come to Black Rock Falls we wouldn’t have a story. It would just be nice if they could have maybe 4-5 chapters before anything goes wrong….wouldn’t that be nice?
Each book is a page-turner, each book is darker than the last and each book you fall in love with Jenna and Dave a little bit more each time. I know I am already waiting for the next instalment. There is a carrot dangling in my face and I need to see how the blossom of love will play out.
This really is one of my favourite series, I don’t even bother reading the blurb I just squeal when I know it’s coming! It was no different here, I had no idea that the adventure we were going on might be one to potentially break Jenna. I am just glad that even though we made it out alive, that some demons might be finally put to rest. Now it’s the road to recovery.
Until next time xxx
Thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for the tour invite and the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review
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