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.Flowers on Her Grave by Jennifer Chase
Also by this author: Little Girls Sleeping , Her Last Whisper, Last Girls Alive
Series: Detective Katie Scott #3
Also in this series: Little Girls Sleeping , Her Last Whisper, Last Girls Alive
Published by Bookouture on 24th March 2020
Genres: Crime, Suspense
Source: from Netgalley
On the floor, amongst the piles of freshly pressed laundry, lay the woman’s lifeless body, her pale yellow nightdress soaked in blood. “I didn’t do it…” came a whisper from the corner of the room.
Detective Katie Scott has never seen two people more in love than her aunt and uncle as they danced together on the night of their wedding anniversary party. But the next morning, when Katie finds her aunt’s body sprawled across the floor, that perfect image is shattered forever.
All fingers point to Katie’s uncle, Pine Valley’s beloved sheriff and protector – after all, his prints are all over the antique knife found at the scene. Grieving, but certain of her uncle’s innocence, Katie is consigned to the cold case division after she’s discovered searching the house for clues. Does someone want to keep her as far away from this investigation as possible?
Ignoring warnings from her team, Katie digs into her uncle’s old case files and discovers photographs of the body of a young girl found tied to a tree after a hike in search of a rare flower. Her body is covered with the same unusual lacerations her aunt suffered. Katie knows it can’t be a coincidence, but every lead she follows takes her to a dead end.
Moments before the sheriff is arrested, Katie realizes that a single piece of thread she found at the crime scene could be the missing link that will stitch old crimes to new. But how can she prove her uncle’s innocence without throwing herself directly into the line of fire? She doesn’t have a choice, he’s the only family she has left…
A totally jaw-dropping crime thriller with an ending you will never see coming! Perfect for anyone who adores Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh.
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via netgalley. This is the third book in the Detective Katie Scott series but it can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed the first two books and I was excited to go back to the world of Katie Scott.
This book was a book of two halves. The first half is slower-paced. Katie is working on the case of Sam Stiles. I was disappointed that this case wasn’t wrapped up completely but I guess this is quite realistic, not every case has a nice is neatly tied up in a bow. The second half of the book is more about the case of Cynthia and Katie’s aunt. The last third of this book really ramps up the pace. I was seriously on the edge of my seat, gripping my kindle so tight with all the tension.
Katie is frustrating at times but I can understand why she acts the way she does. She is trying to protect her friends but they just want to help her. Katie again puts herself in a dangerous situation in order to close the case. Luckily Katie has good friends and of course Cisco.
This was an enjoyable read with some really gripping moments. I’m looking forward to returning to Katie’s world in the next story.
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