Tuesday, August 9, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Hidden Bones


The girl trips over branches, losing her footing. The darkness swallows her and she grabs thin air as she falls, her scream piercing the night. When she slams into the bottom of the pit, her heart hammers. She can’t believe what she’s seeing—a pile of perfect white bones

In the small town of Crooked Creek, where the Appalachian Mountains climb into the clouds, nineteen-year-old 
Mandy’s Spring Break takes a sinister turn. Detective Ellie Reeves races straight to the scene, driving through the winding roads to the abandoned orphanage.

Ellie saves the teenage girl but discovers human remains that have been there for thirty years, ever since the home for children closed down. Her heart shatters at the thought that they might belong to the helpless orphans.

Working day and night on the case, Ellie searches for the orphanage’s files, but they have been stolen
somebody is clearly trying to cover their tracks. As she interviews the residents of the mountain community, Ellie finds out that almost everyone connected to the children’s home has disappeared.

Then a woman is found dead, her body marked with a strange symbol. When Ellie learns that the victim used to work at the orphanage, it’s clear that a twisted killer is trying to stop the truth coming out.

Ellie vows to solve this case that spans decades and, when her research into the meaning of the symbol leads her to a local business at the heart of recent controversy, she’s on the right track. Can she bring the secrets to light before another innocent person is murdered? And when she gets too close to uncovering the truth, will she survive?

A totally gripping and pulse-pounding crime-thriller that will have you holding your breath as you race through the pages! Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.

Title:   Hidden Bones
Author:  Rita Herron
Series:  Detective Ellie Reeves #6
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   414
Date of Publication:   August 8, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars

In this harrowing read by Rita Herron, the book starts off when a game involving teenagers, a young woman named Mandy stumbles into a pit and is terrified beyond belief when she lands in a pile of bones. Detective Ellie Reeves, and her team, including FBI agent Derrick Fox, discover evidence of an orphanage of over three decades ago, called Hawk House, where sadly, some of the bones belonged to young children. Why were these children killed, what actually went on at that orphanage? Furthermore, Ellie must determine what a rash series of current murders has to do with that literal house of horrors. 

This case becomes personal for Ellie, because Mandy is her niece, so at least a part of the story is focused on the effect it has on the teenager. Meanwhile, it appears that the discovery of these bones has triggered a killer into gruesome activity. Ellie is forced to try to put the pieces of this puzzle together as quickly as possible, trying to stop this evil killer as body after body falls

One thing is made clear. Not only was the past filled with secrets, there is someone now that has a cruel vendetta. Looking for the man who ran that orphanage creates a race against time in this book that is truly sad considering most of the victims were children. And then considering the newer victims, young women who are being brutally murdered, there has to have some connection to that orphanage. Ellie must make that connection, all while trying to stay out of danger herself.  

There is a side drama beyond the murders of old and the present murders. This drama involves Ellie and her confusing love life. The question of whether or not it will be resolved enters into the picture. This thrilling, fast-paced book definitely has surprising twists and turns, and never misses a beat. What an excellent addition to a thoroughly compelling series. The conclusion leaves readers with a question that begs to be answered regarding Ellie’s personal life. Or does it? It is with bated breath that this reviewer is more than eager to continue on with this gripping series. 

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

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Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn't think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn't have to get a real job.

With over ninety books to her credit, she's penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and YA novels, but she especially likes writing dark romantic suspense and crime fiction set in small southern towns.

For more on Rita and her titles, visit her at www.ritaherron.com. You can also find her on Facebook/ritaherron.com and Twitter @ritaherron.

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