From New York Times bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the first in a new thriller series.
Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer’s past. Including Shaye.
Share Archer’s life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous fifteen years, not even her name. Nine years later, she’s a licensed private investigator, with a single goal—to get answers for her clients when there aren’t supposed to be any.
And maybe someday, answers for herself.
Emma Frederick thought her nightmare was over when she killed her abusive husband, but someone is stalking her and tormenting her with mementos from her past. With no evidence to support her claims, the police dismiss her claims as post-traumatic stress, but Shaye is convinced that someone is deliberately terrorizing Emma…playing a cat and mouse game with only one goal in mind.
To kill Emma.
I enjoyed this book from the first page. I liked the characters and their development. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Had me at the first page.
Had just finished this author’s first book in her Miss Fortune Mystery series which I essentially finished in one day. Then I started this one, which I, also, essentially finished in one day. It had me in the first couple pages. Very interesting storyline & characters. I really enjoyed reading this book. Will definitely be following this series.
Do not read if lgbtq+ or had trauma in life
Spoilers after this paragraph.
The author had me enthralled for the first 2/3rds of the book. I will admit that I was excited to start this series and even talked about it to my loved ones. However, it became abundantly clear that she doesn’t know how to write trauma in a believable way. Now onto spoiler territory, you have been warned
Why must the killer be abused, traumatized AND trans? Why must you introduce HIM that late into the book? Why must we rehash the trans issues with Silence of the Lambs? Also, can someone let the author know there is a psych test involved in enlisting into the military? Someone without an education, or little education, coming from a traumatic home life could not enlist. The killer also used his real name, which the characters then misgender and use the wrong name for the rest of the book, and told an embarrassingly convoluted story about how his mother hated women, for no explained reason, so he had to become a boy. This certainly did not have to be in the book at all. It’s the anger I felt after watching Sleep Away Camp. “Surprise mentally unstable trans person” will never be a good twist in any story. Ever. Be creative and find different group of people to attack.
Let us also not forget to touch on how surprisingly triggering this book can be. It touches on so many different types of trauma that I am SURE some readers couldn’t even finish this book. The author hits us with every traumatic event that could happen to not just women, but children as well.
All in all this book seems like it was written by one of those white ladies with “live, laugh,love” written on a wall somewhere near where they keep their wine.