One, two, three. She counts the bodies dragged from the burning beach house, smoke rising from their cotton pajamas, and remembers a fourth; red hair, freckles, clinging to his mother’s legs, begging to watch the fireworks a while longer. “Where’s the little boy?” she whispers…
In the ashes of the Fox family’s seafront vacation home, Olivia Rockwell can barely hold back her tears as she wonders who in the close-knit town of Fog Harbor could destroy such a warm, loving family. Then she spots a little green toy soldier in the sand and follows a set of small footprints along the beach to an abandoned lifeguard hut. Inside, she finds the youngest Fox child, Thomas. The only survivor…
Holding his trembling body close, Olivia promises to keep him safe. She knows the agony of losing family at such a young age. But the second Thomas catches sight of Detective Will Decker’s sliver police badge over her shoulder, the little boy’s scream pierces the night. Could the family have been targeted by someone sworn to protect them? Is anyone safe if the police themselves are the primary suspect?
Unsure who she can trust, Olivia keeps hold of the tiny horseshoe charm she finds at the scene and follows the trail deep into the web of lies surrounding this seemingly perfect family. But just as a tip-off from a local lighthouse-keeper puts the killer within reach, tragedy strikes: little Thomas is snatched from his bed
Up against a calculating monster who seems to know her every weakness, Olivia must dig deeper than ever before to find this innocent child. But when one twisted killer becomes two, can she stay alive long enough to save him?
I don’t normally read these kinds of books. But I’d read anything Ellery A Kane put out... even her shopping list. I’ve been lucky enough to follow her writing career from the start and even got to do a really cool interview with her back in the day.
I say this with every review I leave for her books, but she really keeps getting better and better! Her opening scenes always suck me in. When I first downloaded this to my kindle, I swore to myself that I was only going to read a few pages because my kitchen was a mess and I needed to clean it. Yeah... my partner came home with our daughter a few hours later and there I was... curled up on the sofa with a dirty kitchen. I just couldn’t put it down!
I am in love with both Decker and Olivia. They are fantastic, well flushed out characters that are so good at what they do. This novel is dark and twisted and the vibe of it just perfect! Pair this story with a creepy video in the background and a glass of wine…. just perfection!
Yes, I was given this novel for free, but that will never influence my review. This book is just that good! Even if this story isn’t your normal genre, give it a go. It will suck you in.