Twenty-three years ago, Misty Banner was brutally slashed to death in her home in Virtue Falls, Washington. Her husband was convicted of the murder. Their four year old daughter Elizabeth witnessed the crime, but has no memory of the killing. Now, two decades later, Elizabeth is back in Virtue Falls. She soon discovers her father is innocent. The real killer is still out there. And her investigation has stirred dark and deadly resentments that could provoke in another bloody murder—her own—in this riveting novel from bestselling author Christina Dodd.
In the predictable first of a new suspense series, bestseller Dodd (Lady in Black) tracks West Coast turmoil of all sorts. For starters, a serial killer who delights in murdering young women and mutilating their children is loose in California. Meanwhile, an earthquake hits the town of Virtue Falls, Wash., with an attendant tsunami and aftershocks. The geologist on the scene, Elizabeth Banner, has crime in her background. Her father was put away decades ago for fatally stabbing her mother, Misty, with a pair of scissors. But did he? Papa Banner has always maintained his innocence, and odd similarities between Misty's death and the serial killer's m.o. raise the terrifying possibility that the Banner killer might still be at large. Steamy romance between Elizabeth and her ex, as well as charming minor characters, such as an amiable retired physician, help alleviate the tedium of this novel, whose conclusion one can see hundreds of pages before the end. 100,000 first printing.
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Spellbinding from start to finish. Wonder who will discover Sherriff Foster is dead.
It'll keep you guessing till the very end!
Elizabeth Banner returns to her home town of Virtue Falls, Washington after 21 years (since she witnessed her father murder her mother at age 4). When an earthquake hits the town, evidence is uncovered that reveals the murderer may not have been her father after all. Now she and her ex-husband, Garik, must hurry to uncover the true culprit who’s set his sights on his next victim—Elizabeth.
I was fortunate enough to get to read an advance copy of this new suspense by Christina Dodd and I loved it! There's humor, a love story that overcomes the odds, and a murder plot that will keep you guessing "who done it" to the very end.
Also don’t miss THE LISTENER—a short story prequel to VIRTUE FALLS. You know the character Sheldon from Big Bang Theory? The main character in THE LISTENER is the female version of Sheldon who likes to spend her free time hacking into other people’s text messages and reading their conversations—until she comes across a murder plot.