At nineteen-years-old, college student Josie Stratton was kidnapped by a madman and held shackled for ten months in an abandoned warehouse before she finally escaped her hellish prison.
Eight years later, when the body of a young woman is found chained in the basement of a vacant house, Cincinnati Police Detective Zach Copeland is instantly reminded of the crime committed against Josie Stratton. Zach was just a rookie on the perimeter of that case, but he’s never forgotten the traumatized woman with the haunted eyes.
As more information emerges, the crimes take on an even more sinister similarity. But Josie’s attacker died by suicide. Does the city have a copycat on its hands? A killer who picked up where the original perpetrator left off? Or are they facing something far more insidious?
Josie has spent the last eight years attempting to get her life back on track, but now there’s a very real chance she could be the unknown suspect’s next target. As Zach vows to keep her safe, and Josie finds herself responding to him in a way she hasn’t responded to any man in almost a decade, the investigation takes on an even more complex edge of danger.
As past and present collide, Josie and Zach are thrust toward a shocking and chilling truth. A revelation that threatens not only Josie’s life, but everything she’s been fighting so desperately to reclaim.
★★★ 3 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓲𝓿𝓮𝔀 ★★★
I haven't read a book of this author's in a while. I can appreciate and recognize that she is a phenomenal writer. However, I have to be in the mood for her stories. When this book started popping up all over the place, I knew I needed to read it. I knew it would be different from her previous books, and I was totally on board.
This book started out great for me. I was turning the pages, trying to put the pieces together. I was almost afraid to find out what exactly was going on. The first part of the book is written as suspense/mystery with an inkling of a romantic spark. I am all for the little romantic spark in a suspense/mystery.
At some point in the book, the mood changed. It went to a romance with a touch of suspense/mystery. This is where I started to lose interest and focus in the book. I was looking forward to a suspenseful mystery. Those elements I love took a backseat to the budding romance.
Overall, the book, per usual, was written well. I was mostly engaged. It took me a while to put the pieces together. I am glad I read it. It is definitely a good read. The heavy on the romance just wasn't my cup of tea.