Series: Detectives Kane and Alton #10
Published by Bookouture on November 25 2020
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
The young girl pushes against the backseat of the family sedan, fighting to free herself from the crude ties restricting her hands and feet.
As the car speeds toward the edge of town, she looks back at her family home, and watches in horror as it suddenly explodes in a mass of flames. Trembling with fear, she turns toward the driver and hears only laughter.
She knows that the worst is yet to come...
Detective Jenna Alton surveys the charred remains of the large suburban home, stopping to pause at the three lifeless bodies of the Woods family. Jenna knows she's looking for a serial killer, but her priority is finding the missing teenage daughter last seen on the night of the inferno.
Days later, Sophie Woods's body is discovered floating in a shallow pool of crystal-clear water - known locally as Dead Man's Drop - but Jenna still doesn't know who would target the quiet family in such a brutal attack.
Delving into the family's past, she makes a shocking discovery - a link between the killer and someone connected to her deputy David Kane. If Jenna is right and the killer is back and seeking revenge, then she must act fast to keep her deputy safe.
When another girl is taken, Jenna and David follow the trail into a network of underground caves on the outskirts of town. With little time before the killer claims his next victim, they race into the pitch-black tunnels, unsure whether they have just walked into the killer's trap.
Can they find the girl in time and escape the caves without the killer chasing them down?
I know that for a fact I will use the same words that I always do. This book is awesome, epic, amazing, thrilling. The thing is…well…its all true. This time things get personal and just a little bit too personal for two of our fine deputies of Black Rock Falls. Times are nice and light at the start, we have a tranquil time until one night that the night sky is literally ablaze!
I am not going to say anything about the book because I purposely didn’t read the blurb. I know that if I see D.K. Hood on a book I am reading it regardless. So I went in blind, I didn’t know what experience we would have this time, I just knew like a thrill seeker I would love it. What I will say is that I really wasn’t disappointed. It is a book where no element is boring, through all these words and pages, the tension is relentless. Lives are in danger and the only way to survive is to read, read as if your life depended on it….because someone life does.
My teeth were set on edge, my nerves were shot, my tears were a bit leaky yet I will go back again and again to Black Rock Falls, to Kane, Alton, Wolfe Carter and Jo. I always moan, but never enough Rowley, he is so lovely I just smile when is on the page.
The only thing I will mention about the book is the Whispering Caves, the stories that Atothi and his Grandad told the team were creepy. The darkness in the caves when the lights go out has a life of its own. It is just as menacing as the villain in the book, if not more so. Yes, the villain is terrifying but with them, you always have the chance to survive, to escape. In the caves, you have little chance as we find out, to me that is more terrifying.
This was a darker story than most but it was a story with closure and not necessarily the closure we expected but it was one that we needed. Maybe the next book will be lighter? Haha, who are we kidding, this is Ms Hood, she will have yet another dark and twisty tale for us to unravel. This series just gets stronger and stronger. I have loved each and every book in this series, I feel like I have grown with Jenna and Dave. We watch them become completely whole, we know their secrets, their darkness but the light have broken through and they are complete.
I can’t wait for the next instalment and I hear it’s not too long to wait and with another character being added to the team, I know I for one is excited about that!
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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