PRETTY BROKEN DOLLS: A New Detective Katie Scott Thriller! COMING SOON!

“Please Mommy, can Tessa and I go play on the swing by the creek?” the little girl begs, pushing a blonde curl from her eyes. “We’ll stay together, and we promise to be safe.” Hours later, their mother waits anxiously for her darling girls to arrive home with a list of reasons why they are late. But the front door never opens…

When the bodies of eleven and twelve-year-old sisters, Tessa and Megan, are found at the bottom of a ravine—dressed in matching pastel summer outfits, their small bodies broken from the fall—Detective Katie Scott is called to one of the most shocking and heartbreaking crime scenes of her career.

Carefully picking through the fragile remains, Katie makes the first of many disturbing discoveries: the girls were not biological sisters. The youngest, Megan, is a DNA match to a kidnapping case years before. The tiny number burnt into her skin the mark of a terrifying killer intent on keeping count of his collection.

Her PTSD from the army triggered, Katie is left reeling as she maps other missing children in the local area. Has this twisted soul found a way to stay nearby his victims? Could he be watching now as Katie hits one dead end after another?

A wild storm building, matching a fiber found during the autopsy to a nearby boatyard is the break Katie needs. But when another girl goes missing, just as lightning strikes and the power goes out, Katie only has her instincts, her team and her service dog to rely on. As time runs out for Katie to finds the stolen child alive, who will become the next number on this monster’s deadly list?

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Superbimmediately had me hookedhad me glued to the pages and I didn’t want to put it down… A spellbinding, highly recommended read. Brianne’s Book Reviews, 5 stars

My heart was in my throat the whole time … A pulse-pounding crime thriller that is tightly-plotted and brilliantly paced… will keep readers glued to the pagestop-notch page-turner…’ Bookish Jottings, 4 stars

THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS PUTTING THIS BOOK DOWN!!!!!… I was literally holding my breath… I HAD TO KNOW!!!!! As for the explosive ending? WOW definitely not what or who I was expecting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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 CATCH THE KILLER: 3 Historically Significant Criminal Profilers #ForensicFriday #Crime

Everyone seems to love a good criminal profiler story. A ruthless killer is on the loose. Law enforcement can’t seem to make any progress on the case. Then, some mastermind detective steps in. And using their investigation skills, along with their expertise in psychology and behavioral science, they create a detailed profile of the maniacal killer.

And, as a result, the police then have a reasonably accurate portrait of the person they are looking for. Which, in turn, enables law enforcement to focus their efforts on a narrower field of potential perps. And, due in large part to the meticulous work of the investigator’s criminal profiling, the police will have greatly increased their chances of making an arrest.

Today’s criminal profilers utilize the methodologies and techniques pioneered by their predecessors. And, in that regard, here are three historically prominent criminal profilers, who have paved the way.

Thomas Bond (1841 – 1901)

Dr. Thomas Bond, a British surgeon, is widely considered western civilization’s first true criminal profiler. Bond’s rise to prominence originated with his involvement in the investigation of London’s notorious Jack the Ripper killings.

In the late 1880s, serial killer Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of London. The police were having no luck in finding a suspect. That’s when Dr. Bond and his colleague Dr. George Phillips got involved. In what many consider the first application of criminal profiling methodologies, Dr. Bond studied autopsy results and crime scene evidence from Jack the Ripper’s murder victims.

Utilizing his expertise in human behavior and biology, Dr. Bond drafted a detailed report of what he believed to be Jack the Ripper’s personality traits, behavioral characteristics and lifestyle.

Many in law enforcement believed that Jack the Ripper had a medical background due to his removal of the victims’ internal organs and other surgical incisions made to their bodies. But Dr. Bond contradicted the prevailing view by assessing that the killer had no medical training whatsoever.  And that his mutilation of bodies showed he had no true knowledge of human anatomy.

Despite Dr. Bond’s detailed written report of Jack the Ripper’s characteristics, the police never found the killer. There have been recent theories of the case. Nevertheless, the early days of criminal profiling had now begun, and future investigators have relied upon and studied Dr. Bond’s sound methodologies.

Walter C. Langer (1899 – 1981)

Born in in Cambridge, Massachusetts to German immigrants, Dr. William Langer graduated Harvard University in 1935 with a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis. Upon graduating, Langer moved to Vienna, where he was analyzed by and worked under Dr. Anna Freud, the daughter of legendary psychiatrist Sigmund Freud.

Dr. Langer’s specialty – psychoanalysis – investigates the intersection of a person’s conscious and unconscious fears, and repressed memories. The ultimate goal of this type of therapy is to resolve inner and outer conflicts.

After World War II broke out, Dr. Langer began working for the US government in the Office of Strategic Service. He was immediately tasked with performing a criminal profile on the Nazi movement and, in particular, on Adolf Hitler. In drafting his study, Dr. Lang applied his background in behavior and psychology, and utilized the Allies intelligence gathering of Hitler’s crimes against humanity.

The end result was the historically significant report – The Mind of Adolf Hitler. The report was held top secret for over 30 years but was eventually released to the public in 1972 and subsequently translated into many languages.

In his report, Dr. Langer predicted that the “most plausible outcome” of Hitler’s demise would be suicide. And as history has revealed – his prediction was accurate. Dr. Langer also suggested that if Hitler didn’t kill himself, a military coup would have most likely eventually occurred.

Dr. Langer’s methodology in profiling Hitler has been studied for generations and has been used by others in the field who have been tasked with analyzing despots, and other war criminals.

In addition to his profiling, Dr. Langer has been credited with helping Jewish people and other vulnerable groups escape Vienna after the Nazis invaded Austria in 1938.

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James A. Brussel (1905 – 1982)

A trailblazer in the investigative techniques used in the criminal profiling process, Dr. James Brussel assisted the NYPD in several high-profile cases.

Most notably, Dr. Brussel helped solve the mystery of a serial bomber who terrorized Manhattan during a 16-year period beginning in 1940. The so-called “mad bomber” would plant homemade bonds in random places throughout the city, like phone booths and movie theaters. He would also target iconic, well-populated places such as Penn Station, Grand Central Station and Radio City Music Hall.

After years of no leads, the police became extremely frustrated that they had no information on the bomber’s identity or motivation. So, they called in Dr. Brussel for help.

After studying crime scene photos and letters mailed to the press by the perp, Dr. Brussel delivered a detailed criminal profile of the bomber.

And by detailed – I mean extremely detailed. Dr. Brussel concluded that the bomber was a heavy-set middle-aged man from Connecticut, who was a skilled mechanic with a hatred for his dad and an obsessional love for his mother. Additionally, Dr. Brussel opined that the perp had a deep resentment for ConEd, the city’s power company. And last but not least – Dr. Brussel believed that when the mad bomber was caught, he’d be wearing a fully buttoned, double breasted suit.

This profile turned out to be unbelievably accurate. In fact, when they arrested George Metesky, he was wearing pajamas but when the police allowed him to change his clothes – he reappeared wearing a fully buttoned, double breasted suit. And his hatred for ConEd was also accurate, as he had been injured while employed with the utility company.

Dr. Brussel’s techniques are well-respected and taught to the new generation of profilers.

Criminal profiling is certainly a very intellectually and emotionally demanding job. What personal traits do you think are needed in order to excel at that job?

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Forensic Files: DNA Cracks Decades-Long Murder Cases #ForensicFriday


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Each year, more and more cold murder cases are solved through forensic DNA genetic analysis. As the science continues to evolve and produce tangible results, thousands of victims and their family members receive the bittersweet gifts of justice and closure.

Murders from 40-years ago, that once seemed unsolvable, are now being closed at record pace. This is all due to the impressive detectives who never relent in their pursuit of justice, and the amazing ability of a forensic technology that never fails to deliver results.

Although the cold case databases across the nation are sadly filled with too many unsolved heinous crimes, there is justifiable hope that many of these cases will be resolved over the next years.

Here are two such cases – murders that went unsolved until DNA evidence eventually cracked the case.

Vanilla Coke Solves a Murder

In early August 1981, 34-year-old Sylvia Quayle was found brutally murdered in her Colorado home. Discovered by her dad, the victim’s body was found naked in her living room. The initial investigation revealed that someone had cut her phone line, and broke into the home through the bathroom window.

Sylvia’s hands were covered in blood, while her neck had visible red marks consistent with the shape of fingers.  She was shot in the head and stabbed in the chest multiple times. Investigators believe that her cause of death was blood loss due to the stab wounds, and that the gunshot was a secondary cause of death. The victim was also sexually assaulted, which allowed detectives to collect biological samples of the perp.

Two years after the killing, a drifter named Ottis Toole confessed to the murder. However, it was later revealed that this potential suspect confessed to many other crimes, the charges of which were eventually all dropped due to fabrication. Although Toole was initially charged with killing Sylvia, the local district attorney always had doubts about Toole’s supposed confession. As a result, he went ahead and tested Toole’s DNA against the crime scene evidence. No match. So, the charges were dropped.

The case went cold, and in 2000, the DNA evidence collected at the scene was submitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation  and the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). There was no movement on the case for 20 years, then there was a sudden breakthrough. Investigators had uploaded the DNA samples to two separate public genealogical databases. As a result, they had a family match which allowed them to focus on a single suspect – David Dwayne Anderson.

Anderson was a known felon who had been arrested for burglary, in an area near Sylvia’s home, two months after the murder.

Earlier this year, investigators located Anderson in Nebraska, where they collected two trash bags belonging to him. Inside one of these trash bags was a vanilla coke that produced an exact match to the DNA collected from the victim’s body. Within weeks, Anderson was arrested and charged with the murder of Sylvia Quayle. It took 40 years, but justice was eventually served.


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Killer Identified After 31 Years

In 1989, someone climbed up into the bedroom window of 16-year-old Fawn Cox, then sexually assaulted and killed her. It was a sad and brutal crime. Kansas City police had a handful of juvenile suspects, but the charges were dropped after witnesses admitted to lying. So, the killer was never found. And the case went cold for many years.

At the time of the initial investigation, bodily fluid evidence was recovered at the crime scene, but in 1989, DNA tech was unavailable. The only avenue to pursue at that juncture was to compare blood samples. This proved to be a futile exercise in this case, but the investigators hard work in collecting DNA evidence eventually paid-off as forensic technology become capable of so much more than simple blood analysis.

In the early 2000s, local forensic investigators developed a DNA profile of the potential suspect based on the bodily fluids that were collected decades earlier. The samples were uploaded to CODIS – but no match.

Police did not give up and, in fact, they would often meet with Fawn’s family to discuss potential leads. Investigators even re-interviewed the initial suspects and obtained DNA samples from each of them. Again, no match.

Then, last summer – over 30 years after the murder – there was a seismic shift in the investigation. Kansas City became part of the FBI’s Operation Legend, which gave the police department significant financial and logistical federal resources with the aim of solving the violent crimes that have plagued the city. As part of the federal operation, investigators were introduced to genealogical DNA testing, whereby an unknown suspect’s DNA is uploaded to public ancestry databases in order to build a family tree profile.

Utilizing the results of the genealogical analysis, detectives discovered the killer’s identity. It was Fawn’s older cousin. Turns out, though, that this cousin died in 2006 under suspicious circumstances. Blood retained from the investigation of his death was used to match the DNA found at the crime scene where Fawn was murdered.

Here, the family was grateful that justice was achieved, but quite disturbed at the outcome.

DNA genealogical testing has proven to be a game changer in the field of forensic investigations. Combining traditional DNA analysis with massive direct-to-consumer genealogical databases has enabled law enforcement to cast a wide (and precise) net over potential suspects.

Any recent DNA-led cold cases solved in your area?

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A DAY OF REST: Inspirational Photography

Rural Central California hills.

One of the things I try to find the time to do is to get outside and take photos. I love photography, but as with so many things, it’s difficult to find the time. I love the solace. The peace. The intense concentration on a specific image. It allows me to clear my head and think–to enjoy the world around me. In fact, I get many of my ideas for stories, characters, and yes, murder scenes and bad guys too.

Here are a few of my favorite photographs. Remember, it’s important to take a day of rest. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for stopping by.

One of my favorite small beaches in Moss Landing, California.

A rural barn in Prunedale, California. A day that a friend and I took a back road–you never know what you’re going to find.

A Calla Lily growing in my yard. I happened to look out my window and the lighting was awesome.

One of my favorite small coastal towns in Morro Bay, California. I could just sit and watch these sunsets every day.

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MURDER by POISON: Two High-Profile Forensic Toxicology Cases #forensic #crime

Forensic toxicology is one of the many fields of science that populates the intriguing world of investigative forensics. The main purpose of forensic toxicology is to aid law enforcement in understanding the extent to which ingested substances contributed to a person’s impairment or death. Poison is the type of death not commonly heard about or routine in nature.

Combining biology with pharmacology, forensic toxicologists play vital roles in murder investigations in which the suspected cause of death is poison. To that end, here are two high-profile murder cases that were solved using the expertise of skilled forensic toxicologists.

Angel of Death

We hand over a lot of trust to those who work in the medical field. Vulnerable and sick, hospital patients assume that while under the care of nurses, they are in good hands.  But, unfortunately for the people of a small Indiana community in the mid-1990s, their trust was misplaced.

Between 1993 and 1995, a nurse named Orville Lynn Majors was linked to 130 of the 147 deaths at the Intensive Care Unit of Vermillion County Hospital in rural Indiana. Of course, while acting as a nurse in an I.C.U. will certainly expose one to death, this nurse was no ordinary health care provider.

Dubbed the “Angel of Death,” Nurse Majors was convicted in 1999 for injecting six patients with heart-stopping, lethal doses of epinephrine and potassium chloride. Although he is not officially blamed for 130 deaths, there is a great deal of suspicion surrounding these deaths due to Majors’ exposure to these patients.

His serial killing spree lasted for a couple of years in the mid-1990s, and the only reason his actions were brought to light was due to a routine study conducted by the hospital. The results of the study revealed that by 1994, the intensive care unit had a death rate of 120, despite the number being only 31 during years’ prior.

Law enforcement was notified by the hospital of this spike in deaths. An investigation was opened, and 15 bodies were immediately exhumed for autopsies. Forensic toxicologists conducted tests, which revealed the lethal doses of the substances injected by Majors.

Prosecutors were able to definitively tie Majors to six deaths, even though the killer had been alone with many more of the patients who passed away. Experts believe Majors was responsible for the death of more people, but his skill in mixing poison cocktails allowed him to use the defense of ‘death by natural causes.’

Majors was sentenced to a staggering 360-year prison sentence but passed away in 2017 due to – ironically – heart issues.


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Killer Mom

In one of the most disturbing poison cases of the last century, Janie Lou Gibbs was responsible for the deaths of her husband, three sons and grandson. That’s right, she killed her own children and grandchild. And how did she do it?  Rat poison and arsenic.

Born on Christmas in 1932, Gibbs was an active member of her local church, and a dedicated home daycare operator. Then, one day, something changed. After 18 years of marriage to her husband, Marvin, she decided one evening to kill him by putting rat poison in his dinner.

Gibbs’ plan did not immediately work. Marvin didn’t die, but instead was admitted to the local hospital after falling ill from what the doctors believed to be – naturally occurring liver issues. As the sweet wife she was, Gibbs decided to bring homemade soup to the hospital so that Marvin could enjoy a homecooked meal. The problem was, the soup was laced with arsenic. He soon died of “liver disease.”

In a surprising twist, Gibbs donated a significant amount of Marvin’s life insurance proceeds to her church. Less than a year later, this wife and mother from hell poisoned her youngest son, Marvin, Jr. Authorities chalked up his death to his unfortunate inheritance of his father’s liver disease. Gibbs escaped without any suspicion. And, she donated some of her son’s life insurance proceeds to her church – again.

Like a macabre broken record, Gibbs once again killed a year later. This time, she poisoned another one of her sons. His death, like the others before, was attributed to a natural cause. With only one living child remaining, the sadistic killer struck yet again. But, this time, Gibbs skipped a generation and killed her newborn grandson, Raymond.

Less than a month later, Gibbs poisoned her son, Robert, who was the father of the murdered baby. Finally, Gibbs’ “luck” had run out. A family physician grew suspicious after the back-to-back deaths of a healthy newborn and his equally healthy father. An autopsy was immediately conducted on Robert, who was found to have ingested a lethal amount of arsenic.

Forensic toxicologists worked with investigators in exhuming and testing the bodies of Gibbs’ other deceased family members. All five victims had their causes of death changed from natural to homicide by poison.

Gibbs was initially found mentally unfit to stand trial and was confined to a mental institution. Years later, she was successfully prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to five life terms. In her elder years, Gibbs was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and released to the custody of her sister. In 1999, the killer died of natural causes.

There’s something so disturbing about poison cases. Maybe it’s the deliberate premeditation. Or the slow painful death. Most likely it’s a combo of both. Are you aware of any poison cases as troubling as those above?

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What’s the Difference: Criminology v. Criminalistics


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Criminology and criminalistics may sound similar, but they are very much distinct disciplines. While both fields operate within the world of criminal justice, criminology focuses on the sociological aspects of crime, whereas criminalistics centers on investigations through the use of hard science.

As a crime writer,  I’ve been asked for years about what the difference is between the two fields. To that end, here’s a brief overview of the distinctions between criminology and criminalistics.

What is Criminology

Simply put, criminology is the study of criminal behavior. Specifically, it’s a sociological discipline that explores the nature, causes, consequences, and prevention of crime.  

Criminologists operate as both an academic and detective, in that they must draw upon theories and hard data in conducting their work. People in this field often study social and criminal data in order to understand criminal motives while also determining the appropriate consequences for such behavior.

In order to operate in a just and productive manner, our criminal justice system requires the field of criminology. And that’s because top criminologists work closely with law enforcement and the courts to assist them with improving the overall efficiency and effectives of the system.

In order to provide credible and effective assistance, a criminologist needs to understand what motivates a criminal, how that crime affects society as a whole, the impact on the victim and the appropriate consequence for the crime.

What is Criminalistics

Although criminalistics is a subdivision of forensic science, the distinction is very technical, so for purposes of our discussion, those two terms are interchangeable. A professional who practices in criminalistics has a central role in the criminal justice system, in that they aid a criminal investigation by applying science to evidence within the parameters of the rules of criminal procedure.

In other words, forensic specialists collect, preserve and analyze evidence using scientific techniques. Some specialists collect and examine evidence at the scene of the crime, while other forensic experts only perform their work in a lab.

Many people in the field of criminalistics provide expert witness testimony at criminal trials by providing their scientific conclusions to the judge and jury. A skilled forensic scientist generally has the ability to perform complex scientific analysis while also simultaneously providing their conclusion by using common speech, so that a layperson can easily understand their findings.

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Brief History of Criminology

The origins of criminology date back to early 19th Century Europe, where torture was the norm for eliciting confessions and testimonies. These early criminologists were part of the classical era, and they believed torture to be wrong. Classicists also opined that criminal behavior is the direct result of a person’s free will (as opposed to some intervening, supernatural force). As a result of these thoughts, early criminologists advocated for the elimination of torture, but did believe in a firm system of punishment for one’s criminal actions.

The next phase of criminology is known as neo-classical, and that era’s greatest contribution to the field was the notion that self-defense was not in itself a crime. Prior to this era, many criminal justice systems punished the victim who acted in self-defense, along with the initial aggressor.

In the 1920’s, criminology became associated with the study of sociology, which resulted in theorists looking at the relationship between free will and one’s environment. This type of thinking expanded focus from the individual to society in general. And how someone’s relative standing in, and relationship to, society can have an impact on that person’s criminal propensities.

Today, criminologists focus not only on how to deter crime, but on methods to prevent a person from ever becoming a criminal. The focus is also on how to rehabilitate as opposed to strictly punishing one who engages in criminal behavior.

Brief History of Criminalistics

The origins of criminalistics dates back to ancient Greece and Rome with the practice of autopsies. And the first known forensic science guide was published in China during the 13th Century.

Modern criminalistics is generally known to have begun in the mid-1800s. At that time, the pioneering scientist was an Austrian named Hans Gross. He and his contemporaries were responsible for the first well-documented examples of applying scientific principles to criminal investigations.  

For the next hundred years, forensic scientists throughout Europe and North America made great strides in the field by developing innovative investigative techniques, including fingerprint analysis and anthropometry, which is the study of a person’s physical dimensions. Anthropometry was a crucial leap for forensics because it allowed investigators to build a physical profile of a corpse, which led to more victim identifications and solved crimes.

Modern forensic science incorporates biology, physics, mathematics, coding and chemistry. The science is then applied to the facts and data obtained during a criminal investigation. And because criminalistics has become so advanced, crimes that were once unsolvable are now being solved.

Criminology and criminalistics are both fascinating fields. Whether we are trying to determine how best to reduce crime in our culture, or are solving a decades-old murder, these disciplines are there to provide a roadmap. Which of these two fields would you rather pursue a career in?

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BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Cover Reveal & Pre-Order for THE FRAGILE ONES, Detective Katie Scott Thriller: Book 5 #Bookouture #CrimeFiction

I’m so excited to announce the latest Detective Katie Scott Thriller, THE FRAGILE ONES is now available for pre-order. I love this series and finding new cases and scary predicaments for Katie–and Cisco. I actually had goosebumps writing the last few chapters! This announcement is a day late–I apologize. There are some exciting things simmering right now and I’ll be announcing soon. Hold tight.

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“Please Mommy, can Tessa and I go play on the swing by the creek?” the little girl begs, pushing a blonde curl from her eyes. “We’ll stay together, and we promise to be safe.” Hours later, their mother waits anxiously for her darling girls to arrive home with a list of reasons why they are late. But the front door never opens…

When the bodies of eleven and twelve-year-old sisters, Tessa and Megan, are found at the bottom of a ravine—dressed in matching pastel summer outfits, their small bodies broken from the fall—Detective Katie Scott is called to one of the most shocking and heartbreaking crime scenes of her career.

Carefully picking through the fragile remains, Katie makes the first of many disturbing discoveries: the girls were not biological sisters. The youngest, Megan, is a DNA match to a kidnapping case years before. The tiny number burnt into her skin the mark of a terrifying killer intent on keeping count of his collection.

Her PTSD from the army triggered, Katie is left reeling as she maps other missing children in the local area. Hasthis twisted soul found a way to stay nearby his victims? Could he be watching now as Katie hits one dead end after another?

A wild storm building, matching a fiber found during the autopsy to a nearby boatyard is the break Katie needs. But when another girl goes missing, just as lightning strikes and the power goes out, Katie only has her instincts, her team and her service dog to rely on. As time runs out for Katie to finds the stolen child alive, who will become the next number on this monster’s deadly list?

Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh, you better buckle-up for the ride of your life! BEWARE – this gripping crime thriller is guaranteed to keep you up all night!

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THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS PUTTING THIS BOOK DOWN!!!!!… I was literally holding my breathI HAD TO KNOW!!!!! As for the explosive ending?WOW definitely not what or who I was expecting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Hooked from the start. I couldn’t stop reading. I just needed to find out what happens next with Katie and the case. Katie is a total badassI loved the story sooo much awesome book. I recommend it to everyone.’ Mama Bear’s Book Shelf, 5 stars

Totally loved this creepy thriller!! The characters were amazing and drew me right in… This one cut deep on the emotional scale. I highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

One hell of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way. On more than one occasion I almost had to read through my fingers as I feared what was going to happen next. A brilliant, and highly recommended read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

This series just gets better and better… I envy you the binge readI’m already looking forward to the next one!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Brilliant! Brilliant! Absolutely freaking brilliant!!… Fantastic and so real.’ Shalini’s Books & Reviews, 5 stars

Wow!!! What can I say about this page-turning, nail biting crime thriller!! It was absolutely fantastically written and had me completely hooked from the first pagefilled with nail biting suspensekept me hooked.BookWorm86, 5 stars

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