New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan's two series collide in Shattered, a powerful, enthralling read about the craving for revenge and the desire for justice.
Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?
That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her—they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.
Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure—so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law— Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth—but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.
Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family—and herself—the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling—with Max's research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.
Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.
Bestseller Brennan's intricately plotted fourth Maxine "Max" Revere thriller (after 2016's Poisonous) finds the investigative journalist in Phoenix, Ariz., at the request of ex-boyfriend John Caldwell. The police suspect that John's wife, Blair, murdered the couple's eight-year-old son, but John believes that a serial killer is to blame and wants Max to solve a trio of similar cold cases in the hope that it will exonerate Blair. Intrigued, Max reaches out to the family of Justin Stanton, whom John believes was the first victim. Justin's father, Andrew, agrees to cooperate with Max's investigation, but only if Max partners with his sister-in-law, FBI agent Lucy Kincaid (another of Brennan's series protagonists). Max hates cops, and Lucy hates reporters, but the two join forces in order to bring justice to the victims' families and prevent the killer from striking again. Max and Lucy's mutual distrust and disdain compound the tale's tension at every turn. Psychologically complex characters and well-established stakes pave the way for a heart-pounding conclusion, which satisfies while setting the scene for Max's next mystery.
Loved the joining of the two main characters
What could be better than Max and Lucy together in the same book.
Lucy, her husband and family unfold true to form with the new clash and bonding with Max as the steps of solving these terrible child deaths are pulled together.
I found myself crushing through this book because it was the only one I took on vacation. You know how you finish a good book in a day or two because you can’t stop reading? This isn’t one of those. The characters are dull, the relationships between them don’t ring true, the ambient background tuff is just words on paper. Add to that the blatant inconsistencies and shallow motives, and you’ve got yourself a real dud.