The lights of her parents’ cabin just visible through the woods, the girl carefully curls up amongst the reeds, her knees pulled tight to her chest. Terrified, the only sound she makes is the pounding of her heart, but she hears the stranger searching… if she keeps silent, will she be safe?
When Agent Tori Hunter is urgently called to the murder scene of Dan and Heidi Newman, she finds their bodies tied up—and their seventeen-year-old daughter Cara missing. Tori’s first thought is for this popular young girl. Will she be the next victim?
A broken bracelet is the one clue found at the scene, but the team are running in circles until Tori finally tracks down Cara hiding in the woods. Sobbing, the devastated girl says all she remembers is a flash of a man’s face as she was chased through the forest…
Desperate to find the monster behind this crime, Tori pieces together the broken chain: and it leads her to an elderly lady living alone nearby. She refuses to speak to police. But Tori senses that introducing her to Cara—even though it means breaking all the rules—will show her what’s at stake. Once inside the house, Cara gasps as unwanted memories come flooding back… will they lead Tori to whoever took the Newmans’ lives?
But then another local couple is murdered. Can Tori keep Cara, her one witness, safe from this vicious killer? And can she track him down before more innocent families are torn apart?
An absolutely addictive and mind-blowing crime thriller that will have you glued to the pages through each and every twist, until the final shocking conclusion. Fans of Kendra Elliot, Robert Dugoni and Lisa Jackson won’t be able to put this down.
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“Wow!!! What a gripping read… had me hooked from page one… so absorbing… had me captivated.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I was literally hooked into this book!… I stayed up all night, waiting to find out who the killer is… so many unexpected twists and turns… I couldn't simply put this book down!… kept me at the edge of my seat… I felt like I was in a roller coaster ride with this book!… a twisted, thrilling ride, that will keep you hooked from the beginning to the end!” Tropical Girl Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“What an ending!… A can’t-put-down book!… I read late into to the night because I just had to know what the ending was going to be. Phenomenal… I could not put it down… took my breath away and I gasped out loud. OMG… My goosebumps had goosebumps.” NetGalley reviewer
“Captivating… from the very first pages, just sucks you in… forget doing anything else for the day because you won't want to put it down… everything I love about thrillers… absolutely loved this book. Highly recommend.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“From page one this kept me on the edge of my seat… action-packed from the first chapter, and was non-stop until the very end… that ending definitely left me wanting more.. like right now.” booksilovesite, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“One word… fantastic! From the first couple of pages to last, this book completely held my interest… I can’t wait to see what happens next… A must-read addition to a must-read series!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Kept me frantically turning pages… I loved the main character, a fierce female detective.” What Jen Reads
North Woods Thriller
The Hidden Girl is on par with the first two installments of the series, The Winter Girls and Silence Girls. Mr. Stelljes’ character Tori Hunter, not to be confused with Torii Hunter (The Twins great), is a top notch character that gains a little more depth with each novel. The Hidden Girl centers around a gruesome murder of a couple at their remote house in the north woods. Tori is called in to consult on the murders by her boyfriend and lead detective Braddock. This murder has many similarities with a murder over two decades old that happened when Tori’s dad, Big Jim Hunter, was sheriff. The murderer of those murders is in the clear as he is currently dying of cancer in prison. As Tori and Braddock investigate more they find the murder might be connected to old murders after all and a secret no one thought would come to light.
I thought this book was well written with enough mystery and intrigue to keep you on your toes and invested. The character of Tori Hunter keeps growing and you see more sides of her in each novel. The rest of the cast, Braddock, Cal, Steak, and Eggs, are solid and add to your enjoyment. The setting of Northern Minnesota is tough to beat with the numerous lakes and full woods. Mr. Stelljes knows how to weave it all together just right. This book is an easy read that I didn’t want to put down.
The book ended with a bit of a cliffhanger in Tori’s life (sorry no hints), so there is mostly likely going to be another novel. That is great news for all of us readers. If your a fan of spine tingling fiction in a beautiful north woods setting this is a must read. You won’t be disappointed.