A scary story with a cunning psychopath who murders young girls very much like another girl was murdered 18 years ago. This book is a smooth mixture of the psychological thriller, the "woman in jeopardy", the whodunit, and the Police Procedural. With the first murder, Police Chief Nalen Storrow thought he left violence behind when he moved his family to Flowering Dogwood, Maine. The investigation into this girl's murder leads Storrow to believe the crime may have been committed by his own son, Billy.
Eighteen years later, Nalen Storrow's grown daughter who's also a cop, becomes obsessessed with this unsolved murder. Shortly after she opens the investigation, another young woman disappears. Billy becomes a suspect again. But their are others in town with long buried secrets. The staggering revelation that's revealed is surprising.
A good quick book to read whose suspense makes it one I'd recommend.
Read the book every chance I got until I finished it. You think you've figured out who the killer is (several times) & then when you get to the end, you find out you were wrong! Really keeps you guessing all the way through. Truly a horror story from begining to end.
This was a very good thriller. Kept me guessing.
This was a very creepy and intense read. I found very hard to put down.
A small town is once again confronted by a brutal murder-a copy of one frm 18 yrs ago. The police chief's son, Billy, was a suspect in the first murder, and once again in the second. Racheal, Billy's older sister, reopens the old case and soon takes a journey of suspicion, doubt, and fear. As she peers behind the town's facade, the more the mystery deepins.
It was fairly well written. The book tends to be a little slow sometimes. The author does a better job in latter book 'The Breathtaker'. Well worth reading.
Well, this mystery was better than the first book of hers I read - _The Breathtaker_. And the finale definitely seemed inspired by _Silence of the Lambs_... But that aside, the plot was solid and rather unpredictable. The very end, however, was perplexing and a little pointless, in my opinion. Also, some of the police procedural details seemed very wrong - why was Rachel going everywhere without a partner??
Loved it great first book by this author.
I thought it was a very good triller. I would recommend it.
18 years ago a young woman was brutally murdered ..... that crime has never been solved. The sheriff at the time had suspects .... one of them his own 16-year-old son. Rather than turn him in, he made an earth shattering decision.
Forward these last 18 years, the deceased sheriff's daughter is a detective, her brother working at the School for the Blind. Their father's decision so many years ago has made a profound difference in the lives of his children.
And then another woman is found dying after being brutally attacked. Another young teenager and her boyfriend go missing. Is there a connection to the first killing? It is up to Detective Rachel Storrow to decide .. and once again, her brother is a possible suspect.
I really liked this book. The characters are firmly fleshed out .. warts and all. Several twists and turns really keep you guessing until almost the very last page. I thought the ending was brilliant.
If you like mysteries, you're sure to like this one!
"Deeply scary" The New York Times Book Review
Currently reading this book, has a very dark and moody beginning. The author has been compared to Thomas Harris.
One very frightening murder mystery!
I really wanted to love this book but alas it didn't happen. The story was okay but I felt there were a lot of holes. The twists didn't shock me. I try to end my reading sessions at the end of a chapter. It didn't wind up happening with this book. I would fall asleep before I even ended the chapter. So the best thing about this book was that it helped me with my chronic insomnia.
The dead girl lay faceup on the edge of the pond, a snake coiled in the muddy hollow of one arm. Police Chelf Storrow, though violence was left behind when he moved his family to Flowering Dogwood, Maine. Then his investigation leads to a chilling possibility....the murderer might be his own son, Billy.
Being a very picky reader let me say I didn't get far in this one, first thing: I hate a book that has hard names you can't even pronounce or nicknames that are just stupid, second: gotta start off better than this one to keep my interest
I read some reviews on Amazon when I decided to drop this one and I agree with the 2 stars
I also didn't like the print font used because it makes it hard to read when they put so many words on a page instead of making more pages and a better easier font for reading.
This was a pretty good thriller but I did find it to drag in some spots. Still, all-in-all, an entertaining read.
The murder of a teenage girl in tiny Flowering Dogwood, Maine, has remained unsolved for eighteen years when Detective Rachel Storrow decides to retrace the footsteps of her policeman father and try to solve the case. No sooner is her investigation begun than there is a second crime, and Rachel's obsessive search for the truth turns into a journey of suspicion, bone-deep fear, and staggering revelations.