Blackstone Publishing Inc | 1 August 2023 | 270 pgs
Source: Library 

One year ago, Nicki went missing after she left a pub in Dublin. She is the third woman who vanished without a trace and till present the police couldn't find any clue about their disappearances nor the perpetrator. Their cases remain unsolved and it was only one of the victims who received the most attention due to her racial and her young age. Nicki, on the other hand, is deemed as a free-spirited woman so there're speculations that she might have run away on her own. But Nicki's sister, Lucy, is certain that Nicki has no reason to run away and with the agony of not knowing what happened continues to torment Lucy, she decided to take matters into her own hands, by putting herself in dangerous circumstances and hoping to lure the perpetrator into giving her a ride. Just like what Nicki was last seen doing. 

Angela is a civilian paper-pusher in the Missing Persons Unit, but her goal is to be a member of An Garda Síochána, the Irish police force. So when she receives a physical evidence by chance that may link to one of the victims' disappearance, she begins to raise the issue with her superior who happens to know the detective who handle the cases. And of course, Angela wouldn't stop there and she'd try every means to get involved in the investigations. 

On the other end, a nameless man reflects on his past actions and "accomplishments" without being caught by the law. His narrative, without a doubt, is the most intriguing considering he's THE serial killer and he's telling us, the reader, how he chooses and abduct his victims. 

Part police procedural and part thriller, this was an unputdownable book in my opinion. The author has crafted an interesting premise of a serial killer and a daredevil woman who's not afraid of the danger she's putting herself into. Angela was another great character to read; and I admired her determination and her perseverance in getting the cases solved. There are twists and turns, of course, but there's also that ending which I didn't see coming and think it might lead to some readers being unsatisfied. Truth be told, I think it kind of worked for me. And I want to reiterate this before ending this review, NEVER get into a stranger's car no matter how harmless the driver appears to be. As the saying goes, you can never judge a book by its cover. 

I can't believe Year 2023 is coming to an end and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year! I hope 2024 brings you lots of love, good health and joy! 
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10 Responses
  1. Harvee Says:

    At the end of the year, I've started to read more police procedural again and enjoying them. I'll probably continue into the new year.

  2. Melody Says:

    Harvee - I love police procedural so I'm looking forward to reading more this year! (1st Jan as of writing this. Happy New Year to you!) :)

  3. Kay Says:

    First of all, Happy New Year to you and your family, Melody! I think I've read at least one book by this author. I know I've listened to a couple of author events that she participated in. I likely have this book on my Kindle, but won't go look right now. Sounds like a good one to me. Glad you liked it.

  4. Lark Says:

    Happy New Year, Melody! I hope this year is a wonderful one for you. (And full of good books and fun buddy reads.) :D

  5. Iliana Says:

    Happy New Year, Melody! Hope you have a wonderful year ahead. This sounds like an excellent read and will add to my list!

  6. Melody Says:

    Kay - I can't remember if I've read her other books but I do enjoyed this one, though it was a harrowing one. I'll be curious of your thoughts if you read it, Kay.

  7. Melody Says:

    Lark - I'm definitely looking forward to more of our buddy reads this year, Lark! ;)

  8. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I hope you'll enjoy this book when you get to it, Iliana.

  9. Agreed, never get into a stranger's car! I'm still freaked out about Ubers. This sounds like a fantastic read, especially Angela's character. Great review!

  10. Melody Says:

    Diana - Thanks, Diana! It was a good read and I'll be sure to check out her other books.

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