Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave…
It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case.
Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.
But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter…
A gripping, page-turning thriller full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni.
Readers love The Little Grave:
“I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Amanda Steele is one heck of a detective, and I cannot wait to see where Ms. Arnold takes her next!” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Your jaw will drop. I loved this book!… I couldn’t catch my breath. The ending will blow you away. I adored Amanda’s character and her new partner as well. This book had me turning pages unable to put it down. What an intense ride… A must-read.” Goodreads reviewer
“I LOVED this book, fabulous characters and a great plot and storyline made this an engrossing page-turner and that ending, phew I didn't see that coming at all!!! Can’t wait for the next in the series.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I already can’t wait for the next one! This one pulls you in from the very beginning… The mystery is full of action and twists. I absolutely did not see that ending coming.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I sat with the intentions of reading just a couple of chapters and ended up devouring the entire book in just one sitting. I have been completely pulled into this one and found myself completely unable to put this down.” Little Miss Book Lover 87, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“An exciting, intriguing, pulse-pounding mystery that had so many twists and turns, keeping me glued to my kindle… Suspenseful, intense.” The Reading Café, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Such an intense, fantastic read for me. I was enthralled throughout the entire book… chilling.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This is a fast-paced, unputdownable story with lots of suspects and tons of twists and turns. Great character development throughout and a story line that is both exciting and heartbreaking. Never saw that ending! I loved it!” Debatably Bookish
“Fantastic book. It was exciting and thrilling and kept me reading late into the night.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Full of suspense. Once I started it was very hard to not finish the book. I absolutely loved the ending.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Gripping mystery—hooked me from the beginning.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Keeps you on pins and needles until the terrific conclusion. First time reading this author but will definitely look for #2 in this series. RECOMMEND highly.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“An incredible read… An intense page-turner that is, at times, heartbreaking… Carolyn Arnold has knocked it out of the park.” Pins & Needles
“A thrilling read. A really great mystery with an unexpected ending.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Customer ReviewsSee All
A gritty, fast-paced police procedural.
Carolyn Arnold has brought on quite the start to her latest, thoroughly addicting crime thriller, "The Little Grave." Once it gets started, it doesn't let up until the end. It's a gritty, fast-paced police procedural, and book one of the Detective Amanda Steele Series!
Five and a half years after the tragic death of her husband and six-year-old daughter, due to the carelessness of a drunk driver, Detective Amanda Steele is face to face with the remains of their killer. Instead of stepping down due to the apparent conflict of interest, Amanda decides to push forward, hoping that she'll gain some closure by working on this case. What she ends up discovering goes far deeper than she could have ever imagined.
I was immediately hooked; talk about an ominous first chapter. Author Carolyn Arnold has masterfully executed this book in a way that made me feel things down deep for Detective Amanda Steele. Thankfully I've never had to go through the suffering she has; Arnold's writing made her come alive - I felt so much pain and sorrow for Amanda, my heart breaking at every mention of her lost daughter and husband. While some books may spend a little too much time sinking their claws into the reader with a main character's back story, The Little Grave was right on point. The central murder case directly related to Amanda's past, making her history and the dark recesses of her mind all the more relevant. Factor in a couple of additional murders, as well as a twistedly dark subplot, and we've got a story that skillfully ties everything together while still managing to surprise!
I look forward to reading the next installment in this series. I enjoyed the growing partnership between Amanda and Trent, Amanda's reconnection with her family, and the budding romance between Amanda and her new connection. This is another Bookouture book that I would hands down recommend to all of my crime thriller fans. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author Carolyn Arnold, and the publishers at Bookouture for my advanced copy of this ebook. I have honestly and voluntarily reviewed this title.