When local rock climbers stumble upon abandoned human bones in a remote Texas gorge, Sara Lockhart is the first to get the call. She has a reputation as one of the nation’s top forensic anthropologists, and police detective Nolan Hess knows she is just the expert he needs to help unravel this case. Although evidence is scarce, Nolan suspects the bones belong to a teenage climber who vanished last summer.
But as Sara unearths strange clues, she finds chilling similarities to a case from her past—a case that now threatens to rock Nolan’s community. While Sara digs deep for answers, the stakes rise higher as another young woman disappears without a trace. Investigators work against the clock as Sara races to discover the truth, even if her harrowing search brings her face to face with a stone-cold killer.
Ohmygoodnessthisbook. Heart-pounding doesn’t even begin to cover it–I was in such a state of stress while reading it that when they got the bad guy and certain other people turned out to finally be okay I actually cried. And then the last scene between Sara and Nolan had me tearing up again.
I’m drained, I tell you. Drained.
I don’t know how Ms. Griffin does it. Every book I read of hers feels different–different kiss-@ss heroes and heroines, different bad guys, different (though equally horrific) crimes–but there are comforting similarities too. I know there’s going to be one heck of a mystery to solve–I almost never (maybe never? I’d have to go back and confirm, but I’m pretty sure it is never) figure out who it is ahead of time, but it always completely fits with the rest of the story. I know there’s going to be heart-pounding suspense, and equally heart-pounding romance. And I know that I’m going to be good for nothing for the rest of that day (at least) because OMG does she put her readers through the ringer.
And oh, yeah–the teaser for the next book at the end will have me salivating for the next book ASAP.
Which is all part of her evil plan, obviously.
Keep it up, Ms. Griffin–it’s totally working!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.