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In the stark light of dawn, the young couple are laid out on their backs by the dying campfire, their hands clasped between them. Their eyes are open, but their hearts are cold…
When a park ranger stumbles across the bodies of Valerie and Tyler Yates by a creek in the small town of Denton, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. Still reeling from the news that her abusive mother is dying, Josie suspects this is more than just accidental poisoning, and she’s right: someone jammed a crudely carved pendant necklace down Valerie’s throat before she died.
Combing the area, Josie’s team discover a third sleeping bag indicating there could have been an extra guest around the fire that night.
A lucky escape? A missing victim? Or a suspect on the run? Finding this person is the key to the entire investigation…
Trawling the couple’s photo albums for clues, Josie can’t imagine why anyone might want to harm these smiling, carefree young lovers. Until a face in one of the pictures stops her in her tracks and leads her to a farmhouse hidden deep within the forest – a special place where people go to escape, and to hide. There they meet a young girl with frightened eyes and bandaged wrists who knows more than she is saying. But the next day she’s found dead, choked with a matching necklace…
With her mother’s life hanging by a thread, Josie has an impossible decision to make. But first she must find the meaning of the pendant and catch this twisted killer before another innocent life is taken. Is she already too late?
What does TWG think?
This is, without a doubt, one of my favourite books of the series so far. Lisa Regan has gone above and beyond with this storyline, and without sounding macabre, the chilling theme of the book was outstanding. I mean, this was chilling and then some!
Josie Quinn has a job and a half on her hands when she ends up being faced with an investigation cold enough to make her own toes curl! But, just like Josie Quinn is known to do, she gets to the root cause of the problem. Well, not before a load of other rubbish falls down around her of course!
I will admit that I refused to venture outside in the dark right after reading this, yet I bloody loved it! What a belter of a book that just kept on delivering the more of it I read.
If you’re wanting a series that fills your skin with goosebumps, your mind with fear, and leaves you extremely unsure, then I urge you all to pick up the Josie Quinn series – you will not regret it!!