Nancy Lavelle lies still on the floor. With her eyes looking towards her children’s rooms, her hands are clasped in prayer, as if the last thing she wished for was her children to be saved…
When Detective Abby Pearce is called to the Beach House, a holiday home in the most affluent part of Martha’s Vineyard, she finds five bodies. An entire family has been killed in a frenzied attack… all except one. Fifteen-year-old Karin is the only survivor. Sitting in the house, surrounded by her family, she stares into the distance and doesn’t say a word.
When Karin’s grandparents fly in to take her home, Abby’s investigation takes a shocking turn. Taking one look at the traumatised girl, they recoil—the girl curled up in a hospital bed isn’t their granddaughter. So who is she? And where is the real Karin Lavelle?
Abby fears the missing girl is in serious danger, and with local residents worried that the killer is still on the island and the press questioning her every move, she’s under pressure to solve both crimes fast. But when she uncovers a link between Thomas Lavelle’s New York office and her previous job at the NYPD, she begins to fear that these brutal murders are a sign… and that she’s next. Can she find the killer before another life is taken, or is she walking into a trap?
This fast-paced thriller is perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Mary Burton, but be warned—you won’t want to put it down!
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This series keeps getting better!
“He’d never had to deal with any real crime for most of his time as chief…until I came back to Martha’s Vineyard.”
Homicide detective Abby Pearce returned to her home of Martha’s Vineyard after the death of her partner and a divorce. She has her drinking under control (for now) and has settled in to small town policing. It’s summer tourist season, the island hotels are full and Abby is dealing with a rash of stolen street signs. Then a call comes in from the luxury Beach Hotel. Five people have been slaughtered: Thomas Lavelle, a prominent New York cardiologist, his wife, two young daughters and baby son. The only survivor is the Lavelle’s fifteen year old daughter Karin and she is near catatonic with shock. The horror continues when Karin’s grieving grandparents walk into her hospital room and demand to see Karin. This girl is a stranger.
The small Martha’s Vineyard police force faces almost constant pressure from the local, state and national press to solve the murders quickly and find the missing girl. All clues seem to end in dead alleys until Abby has an idea that will break the case. Will she be in time to save Karin…and herself?
This is the second in the Abby Pearce series although it reads like a standalone thriller. This series just keeps getting better! The location is atmospheric and gives every case a locked room (or island) plot. The characters, especially Teena and Lincoln (we now know everything about you, Mr. Connor), are well developed and add to the story. But the real star here is Abby. She’s trying to overcome her alcoholism, develop her career and find love. I can’t wait to see what she does next! 5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Dana Perry for this ARC.