DESCRIPTION:She looked alive, her hair drifting freely in the water, her red lips gently parted, as if to let her final breath escape. A small locket floated by her face, attached to her neck with a silver chain…
When Detective Kay Sharp first left Mount Chester—population 3,823—in her rear-view mirror, she promised never to look back. The town only contained bad memories and dark secrets. But when a brutal crime surfaces, she finds herself home once more, and this time she’s not going anywhere.
Kay is called to Blackwater River, where the body of a seventeen-year-old girl has been found. Surrounded by snowy peaks and a forest alive with the colors of fall, the victim floats in the water, a hand-carved locket around her neck.
The locket seems strangely familiar. Digging into cold cases, Kay discovers that three-year-old Rose Harrelson was wearing it when she vanished fourteen years ago. In the middle of the night, the little girl’s bedroom—with Mickey Mouse on the wall and a hanging baby mobile—was suddenly empty. The unsolved case still haunts the town.
But the teenager they have found has been dead for only a few hours. If the girl in the river is Rose, where has she been? Who has been hiding her all these years? Kay knows she must solve the kidnapping in order to untangle the mystery of the dead body.
Then Kay receives a shocking call. The dead girl has been identified—and she’s not Rose. So why is she wearing the locket, and what happened to the missing child from all those years ago? As Kay unearths a web of lies and deceit spun for decades, the close-knit community will never be the same. And Kay will find herself facing a truly terrifying killer…
A totally gripping page-turner that should come with a health warning! Be warned: you’ll lose sleep and your heart will race like crazy as you read twist after twist. Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot.
Author: Leslie Wolfe
Series: Detective Kay Sharp #2
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 319
Date of Publication: April 23, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
Kay Sharp was a former special agent for the FBI and went back home to the small town of Mount Chester when her brother Jacob was having some problems. It was supposed to be a temporary thing, but Kay ended up getting a job as a detective in the small town. Her next case is that of a body of a teen girl that was found in Blackwater River.
As the story begins a young couple is at the River and they discover the body. Kay discovers that the girl was holding a locket. This locket proves familiar to Kay and she begins to search into a cold case of years previously. It just might be that this body and that of a missing girl of years ago are connected.
This raises a lot of questions. As this story progresses something happens that takes this delicate case into a different direction. As small as the town is - less than 4,000 residents - it shouldn't be that difficult for Kay to fit the pieces of this case together. Instead, she runs into more than one situation, a situation that places others in the community at great risk.
I love how this book was written! There is more than one storyline and point of view and I enjoyed sitting back and watching the events unfold. This book does touch on more than one sensitive issue, but it is handled quite well. For the sake of trigger warnings I will mention that kidnapping, rape, murder and spousal abuse are in this book.
If the reader enjoys twists and turns - and sharp ones at that - and want to be led to a riveting conclusion then this is the perfect book. The characters are excellent in this book and I love that Kay's brother Jacob held a significant role. One additional thing I will mention is that as the story is being told in third person perspective the killer also has a voice. This definitely brought me closer to an already fabulous book. Beneath Blackwater River is an excellent sophomore book in an already stunning series and now I am more than eager to see what the author has to offer as this series continues.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie's most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first-person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
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