Julia Vargas is a cop with a mission. When she's not chasing down bad guys, Julia dedicates her time to investigating the Hangman serial killer...the same unsolved case that her father, Jim Vargas, was working on when he supposedly shot and killed himself three decades before. While rumors continue to swirl around her father's death, Julia attempts to hunt down the truth.
The case once again hits dangerously close, however, when a woman's bones are discovered in a historic downtown home, together with a photograph of Jim and Julia as a young girl. As horrifying as this discovery is, it may just be the break Julia has waited for. Working alongside Tobias Novak, a homicide detective with whom she shares a complicated - and steamy - history, she's forced to confront her own past even as the Hangman looms in the shadows. But as the mysterious killer circles closer, Julia can feel her own noose begin to tighten...
Suspenseful and Chilling
This most recent addition to The Forgotten Files, which can be read as a standalone, is chilling and has many twists and turns in the story. The cops, agents, detectives, forensics, medical examiners and security teams all work together in attempting to unravel who the Hangman is. Twenty years plus dormant, when there were three deaths, the Hangman has returned to wreak havoc on others. You never know who will be next. There are common elements that link the victims, too. Julia Vargas of the Virginia State Police, and Tobias Novak, a City of Richmond detective work together to find out what happened and why. The detailed intricacies of the characters are prevalent, and I couldn’t help but try and figure things out from each of their past histories. As more characterizations are discovered, there are plenty of possibilities for who the Hangman is and who else was involved with him. I was tense until the end of this well-written, detailed romantic suspense. [I received this for free and my opinion is my own.]