Friday, May 6, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Trapped Ones


She raced across the woods. Cold wind hit her face, and her heart pounded so fast she could almost feel the panic rushing through her veins. She knocked on the door knowing she didn’t have much time. Fear gripped her. “Please, help,” she whispered.

Rushing to the scene of a homicide at a farmhouse surrounded by thick, dark woodland, 
Special Agent Nikki Hunt is shocked to find four victims. A mother and father have been stabbed, their son, Bryce, is fighting for his life, and a young woman’s body is lying near the front door, her wrists bound with heart-shaped bunting. Nikki has never seen such a complex scene, but despite recovering from her own painful loss, she will do whatever it takes to bring this killer to justice.

Nikki soon identifies the woman as missing student Jessica Chandler and finds Bryce’s initials woven into the jumper she wore the night she died. It seems like they were a couple, and that the Webers were a happy family. So who would want them dead?

The murders have all the hallmarks of a serial killer: all the evidence suggests the murderer was watching them, turned the security cameras off as they entered and fled the scene from the front door. But then Jessica’s friends tell Nikki she was uncomfortable around Bryce, and when two of Bryce’s friends go missing along Stillwater river, and the girlfriend is found, she claims her boyfriend tried to kill her.

Are Bryce and his friends hiding a dark side? 
Nikki knows she must dig deeper to find out their secrets, but can she uncover the truth before the killer takes another life?

You won’t want to stop turning the pages of this unputdownable crime thriller. Fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot will be reading The Trapped Ones late into the night.

Title:   The Trapped Ones
Author:  Stacy Green
Series:  Nikki Green #5
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   266
Date of Publication:   May 3, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Nikki Hunt's latest case is almost too much to bear. As a Special Agent with the FBI, Nikki pretty much has seen it all. But this latest crime scene is a brutal slaying of four people, with three of them dead. It seems that someone wanted the entire family dead, but one of the victims is not related. The surviving victim might hold the answers Nikki needs to find the killer'

Identifying the young woman found dead at the seen is only the first of many clues Nikki must unearth in order to find the person responsible. Since the girl found at the scene was a local student, Nikki goes to the college to interview other students. Things are slowly coming together but not before two more young people go missing.

While Nikki is navigating this difficult case, she has a personal battle on her hands. Her ex in-laws are planning to sue for custody of Nikki's five-year-old daughter Lacey. While it is true that the difficult cases Nikki handles take her away from Lacey at times, Nikki makes sure that she is well cared for and is well adjusted.  

As in previous books in this thrilling series, Nikki must strike a fine balance between her professional and personal life, and she definitely proves more than adept in just about any situation.

I have read this series from the beginning, and Nikki has endured quite a bit. So much, in fact, that this is a series that should be read in order, as there is a lot of back story that avid readers of this genre might miss otherwise. Stacy Green has written another stunning book in an amazing series. This book, like all of the previous books in the Nikki Hunt series, have exciting premises, rapid pacing, shocking twists and turns, and always end with a thrilling climax. I await the next installment with eager anticipation. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Stacy Green is a USA Today best-selling author of more than a dozen mysteries and thrillers. Her books include
 the award-winning Lucy Kendall series, the Cage Foster series, and the USA Today best-selling Nikki Hunt series. Stacy has bachelor’s degrees in Journalism/Mass Communication and Sociology from Drake University. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.

Stacy lives in Iowa with her husband, daughter, and fur babies.

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