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.
First, and most important to mention at the start of this review is I am an absolute sucker for ALL of the Tracers novels. I enjoy romantic suspense and when the characters are also police officers, detectives, or something similar, sign me up twice.
So, when the author herself was kind enough to ask if I wanted an ARC copy of this title, well, I think I set some sort of record saying yes.
Sara and Nolan are a forensic anthropologist and a detective. (For how I feel about this pairing, see above.) And, there's an instant attraction that is blended perfectly into the murder mystery. There are elements of secondary characters, and some heartbreaking ones who are parents with a missing daughter, and a small town that is absolutely torn apart by the idea that there may have been more than one murder in their small town.
It takes talent to put the romance into a convincing suspense plot, and vice versa and, yet again, this one just works. There's tension and a convincing plot about a murderer, a missing girl, grieving parents, and a convincing and believable romance by two people who respect one another, even though the paces of their job are different...Nolan wants answers now, and Sara wants to be sure before she says anything.
The plot is well-constructed, it flows well and it goes from scene to scene, and storyline to storyline seamlessly and without spending too much time away from one character or with another. The perfect balance of the storytelling makes this book a pleasure to read.
As always, I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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