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.Her Silent Prayer by M.M. Chouinard
Also by this author: The Dancing Girls, Taken to the Grave, Her Daughter's Cry, The Other Mothers
Series: Detective Jo Fournier #5
Also in this series: The Dancing Girls, Taken to the Grave, Her Daughter's Cry, The Other Mothers
Published by Bookouture on 7th April 2022
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
“Help!” she screams, kicking as hard as she can against the closet door. But it’s nailed shut, and nobody can hear her. She drops to her knees and curls into a ball like she did as a little girl, praying someone will find her before it is too late…
When the body of single mother Melissa Rollins is found trapped inside a bedroom closet in her immaculate suburban home, Detective Jo Fournier races to the scene. The small town of Greenfern is sweltering in a heatwave, and Jo is horrified to find that Melissa’s heating was turned up to the max whilst she died of thirst. Who would kill a devoted mother in such a cruel way?
Searching the house for clues, Jo’s team discovers that the front door was locked from the inside. And with no sign of a break-in, they realise the killer must be someone Melissa knew. But everyone in the frame has an alibi…
As she delves deeper into the case, Jo uncovers a link between Melissa and a recent cold case: another single mother who was tied up and brutally murdered. Someone is on a mission to kill local mothers, and Jo knows they will claim their next victim soon.
But as temperatures continue to rise and the team works around the clock to stop a twisted killer, someone from Jo’s past catches up with her. They’re watching her family’s every move, and they will stop at nothing to get revenge… Can Jo save the people she loves and catch the killer before it’s too late?
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley. This is the 5th book in the Detective Jo Fournier series. the previous book was published in January 2021 so my mind was a bit fuzzy on the details. If you haven’t read this series before I think there is enough detail for you and if like me you have but it was a while ago then there’s enough there to remind you of what happened in previous books. I think quite a but of time has passed since the previous book too.
Detective Jo Fournier is extremely smart and in this book is hunting down not one but two serial killers. This story makes you question the legal system, its flaws and vigilantism. Most people know that the legal system is flawed. Not every criminal is caught and if they are not all are punished but does that mean we should take the law into our own hands? These two killers certainly thought so!
This book effortlessly weaves in morality and justice while staying true to the law. I thought it was a fascinating insight into the differing perspectives. Chouinard kept me hooked from the beginning with different POVs and the two different cases. When one case dipped the other picked up keeping both us and the detectives very busy.
If you are looking to get your teeth into a gripping crime thriller that will keep you guessing then definitely pick this one up.
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