Mother. Liar. Murderer?
When Genevieve’s seven year old son is found bleeding to death in his own home, she’s horrified when the police turn to her for answers. There’s no evidence of a break in, and parts of Genevieve story don’t seem to make sense. But could a mother really kill her own child?
Twenty four hours later, teenager Nora Florette is reported missing – and panic begins to spread. Someone is preying on the local children – and the police are caught in a race against time to catch the killer.
Detective Nick Fourcade and his partner Annie Broussard must uncover the truth about Genevieve’s past before it’s too late. Is she simply a grieving mother? Or is she a danger to them all?
This is the second book in the series with the married detective’s Fourcade and Broussard. I haven’t read the first book but after reading this one will certainly be adding it to my TBR pile. I like books that have lead characters that you can get to know and follow. Nick Fourcade has some anger problems whereas his wife Annie Broussard’s has a more calmer type of personality, so their relationship works, a bit like yin and yang despite there being some tensions in this book between them.
For Nick and Annie this case seems more personal having a five year old son Justin themselves, they can’t even imagine how they would deal with anything happening to him they are determined to solve this case.
The story is set in the swampy area of Louisiana. Nick and Annie get a call out in the middle of the night, to a scene no officer ever wants to be called out to, that of the murder of a seven year old boy who has been stabbed multiple times. The mother has also been attacked, Genevieve Gautier a single mum, managed to run to neighbours for help despite being injured herself. Genevieve has a somewhat murky past. So she is looked at as a victim and but also a potential suspect.
This story can be quite dark at times, as stories of neglected and abused children. The thirteen year old babysitter Nora Florette goes missing. Where is she? Pressure on the detectives to solve these crimes is on, as children are going missing and being murdered, which puts people on edge and fearful for their own children. The media presence doesn’t help with the pressure in fact it adds to it. There is a new boss in the Sherriffs office, with a tough guy image, which has been carefully nurtured through social media and traditional ways, making him popular among the public. Kelvin Dutrow is a more hands on guy, and him and Nick with his fiery temperament don’t always see eye to eye. But Nicks main focus is on solving this case even if it means getting the sack.
This is a book that not all readers will like at times it is very dark and disturbing, covering some complex scenes of the nature of abuse and the lengths some victims of abuser will go to even protect the abuser. The story is well written and makes for a really good read.
If you like your crime thrillers dark and disturbing this book is for you if you want somethings long the lines of a cosy murder mystery then this may not be your cup of tea.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book it flows nicely I like getting to know more about the characters and getting drawn into their lives. I can’t wait for book three in the series.
Tami Hoag is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character driven psychological suspense, Hoag first hit the New York Times Bestseller list with Night Sins, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. She leads a double life in Palm Beach County, Florida where she is also known as a top competitive equestrian in the Olympic discipline of dressage.