Roger Stelljes (Bookouture)
On July 4th 1999, two sisters went out to celebrate.
Only one of them came home.
That night, Jessie Hunter went missing, leaving her car abandoned on an empty road. Suffocated by the grief of an entire town for the loss of her twin sister, Victoria (Tori) moves away, and doesn’t look back.
Over 20 years later, Tori is a skilled FBI agent, working to reunite worried with their missing children – the happy ending her own family never got. With her father long dead, Tori has no reason to venture back to Manchester Bay. Not until she receives an anonymous note to her home address from her sister’s killer.
Unable to ignore the possibility of answers about her sister’s death, Tori finally returns to her hometown. Alongside former NYPD detective Will Braddock, Tori investigates a recent disappearance with stark similarities to her sister’s case. With the prospect of finally finding her sister’s killer – Tori is on a quest for justice.
It took a little while, but I warmed to Tori. I understood her grief around her sister’s disappearance and I was glad to see her open up to the other characters throughout the novel. Will makes a great partner for Tori, he challenges her and their personalities contrast each other well – his calm veneer versus her more hot-headed nature. I liked how they clashed at first but eventually learnt to work well together.
The story has some interesting minor characters, but I feel like we didn’t get to spend enough time with them in the novel to get a good grasp of their personalities – in particular, Tori’s childhood friends. Even though there were some scenes where they got to spend time with Tori, we didn’t get to know them very well in the story. Perhaps if the series continues we will get to see more of them.
In all, I really enjoyed the book, but I did feels like there were lulls in the pacing. However, there were some cleaver red herrings and hearing the killer’s voice throughout added to the tension. I usually prefer police procedural narratives set in cities, but this small-town setting was really interesting. The descriptions were beautiful and I loved how we got to witness the characters enjoying it in the novel.
A special thank you to the team at Bookouture for giving me this digital ARC through Netgalley.