Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart’s parents, she’s desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind—the governor’s wife—behind bars. When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student. Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.
Luke is eager to help Abby close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in. But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situation, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly. AMAZON 4.5 STARS
When I saw this book, I thought "Oh, I've got to read this one!" I enjoy this author so much and I've read the other 2 books in this particular story series. I just have to read the last one and find out how it ends. But inside I'm thinking, "Please, oh please don't disappoint me on this last one."
The opening of this book starts out with a bang. It catches the reader right away. I do have to say that as experienced investigators, I was surprised that two of them got surprised by one of the villains and he got the drop on them. But relax, that does get explained and handled as the story goes on.
What do I like about this series?
I like Luke and Abby, and the mysteries that seem about to be solved but then there is just one more twist. A good point is made that Abby has been seeking justice, answers to her questions since she was 6 years old. Also that Luke and Abby seem to be close to maybe being together and then "bam! "another miss. Of course, you know that I want to see Abby and Luke get together, is it going to happen? I also like the other continuing people in the story like Woody. There was just such a closeness between Abby and Woody, they worked together good too. And I could see that Woody not only respected her as an officer but also felt like she was the daughter he never had. More than once, especially in this last book, I kept thinking, "Please don't kill off Woody." Faye is what I consider a minor character, she was helpful, but also caused a lot of questions. One was, did Luke and Faye really have enough going for them to be a real couple? Also it caused some unwanted jealousy for Abby as she agonized over the fact that Luke and Faye might keep going with their relationship. That said, even though Faye was helpful, it didn't feel like the author dug all that deep into who she really was. That's okay though, because there were plenty of twists and turns in this story, and a new cold case or two that add to the plot. I liked some of the other people that they ran across as the team investigated.
Kelsey Cox was a really interesting, complex "bad woman". She becomes more like a "rat caught in a trap", and she isn't going to go quietly. That made for a good element of the story.
Now if you have read the other books in this series, you know that Governor Rollins and his wife, Alyssa have been central people in the story from the start. It has become clearer and clearer just how cruel and ruthless Alyssa is and this book shows it even more. The question is and has been, does the Governor know what she has been up to, what does he know, and WHEN did he know it?
Hold on, those questions will be answered.
This story started with a Bang and it ends the same way. Very satisfying.
The romance in this is light, so is the references to God. He is there but not crammed down your throat.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.