I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Black Orchid Girls by Carolyn Arnold
Also by this author: The Little Grave, Stolen Daughters, The Silent Witness, Her Frozen Cry
Series: Detective Amanda Steele #4
Also in this series: The Little Grave, Stolen Daughters, The Silent Witness, Her Frozen Cry
Published by Bookouture on 10th February 2022
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
The first rays of sun filter through the tall trees, casting a faint light on the girl lying at the water’s edge. Her tears have frozen on her pale face, a black orchid rests against her cold white skin.
When hikers find the body of a beautiful young girl on the banks of the Potomac River, Detective Amanda Steele is shaken and confused. What is the significance of the delicate flower resting on the girl’s torso? A sign of affection, or a twisted killer’s calling card?
The girl is Chloe Somner, a local nineteen-year-old ecology student well-known to the park rangers and loved by all her classmates. Searching Chloe’s home, Amanda can’t work out who could have tempted her to the water in the early hours of the morning, but a long night hunting through cold cases gives her a possible lead: twenty years ago another local girl was murdered, a red rose left on her body. But why would this killer strike again now?
Focused on the past, the last thing Amanda expects is the news that Chloe’s roommate has been found dead, another black orchid left. Terrified that more innocent victims will follow, can Amanda uncover the significance of the flowers and stop this cold-hearted killer before he returns for the next orchid girl…?
I really like this series, of which this is the 4th book. You can read these as standalones.
Amanda has really changed since the first book. She has begun to heal from losing her husband and daughter over 6 years ago. I think this is helping her to empathise with the victims and their families.
The opening of this book is brutal and quite shocking. Chloe was so young and had so much life ahead of her. Her murder seems personal. Full of passion, anger but also a bit of remorse.
For me, this case was very slow-moving. There wasn’t much action and for ages, Amanda and Trent were just following lots of false leads. For me this is okay. I don’t need a book with constant action. I like seeing how the Detectives figure these things out. What leads them where when they get stumped.
When the action came through it was very intense. The ending of the book really surprised me. I really didn’t suspect the killer or the reasons.
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
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