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.Stillwater Island by Gregg Olsen
Also by this author: Snow Creek, Water's Edge, Silent Ridge, Beneath Her Skin
Series: Detective Megan Carpenter #4
Also in this series: Snow Creek, Water's Edge, Silent Ridge
Published by Bookouture on 7th December 2021
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
“Mommy, I’m scared.” Marlena’s precious boy lies with his little arm thrown over her thigh. It’s pitch-black, and she can hear seagulls. She realises they must be near water, and a new panic rises in her.
At 2 a.m. one icy winter morning, in the smart suburbs of Jefferson County, local father Ben Parker reports his wife Marlena and their little boy missing.
Rushing to the impressive family home, Detective Megan Carpenter finds the halls adorned with pictures of the beautiful, stay-at-home mom and their bright-eyed son. But that’s not all she finds…
A bottle of prenatal vitamins in the bathroom cabinet reveal that Marlena is pregnant. Why didn’t Ben mention this in his panicked call to the police?
Digging deeper into their seemingly perfect marriage, Megan’s fear begins to grow. The couple are separated, there’s talk of an affair, and the neighbors report loud fights. And then, Megan tracks a young woman believed to be Ben’s secret girlfriend, only to find her lifeless body in a secluded wood.
Ben’s watch lies in the undergrowth, and Megan’s team think she’s cracked the case, but she’s sure something’s not right. Ben’s family has wealth including a private island, and connections in high places. Is someone trying to block their investigation?
As Megan starts to wonder if the answer lies on the Parkers’ closely guarded island, just offshore, a shocking revelation makes her question everything. With a killer on the loose, can Megan find the missing pieces to the most complex case of her career and bring Marlena and her little boy home alive? Or will it be too late to save them?
A totally edge-of-your-seat mystery thriller that will have you racing to the end, from a number one, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Michael Connelly and James Patterson.
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour. This is the 4th book in the series but all can be read as standalones.
Megan has grown so much since the first book. When we first met Megan she was very closed off and isolated. As the series has progressed she has opened up and let people in. Megan is still an excellent detective. She is very quick and incredibly smart. She picks up on the smallest thing.
I’ve loved seeing Ronnie grow too. Ronnie has really come into her own as the books have progressed. She has gone from a nervy trainee to a steely detective who everyone underestimates. I think she has a lot of potential.
This case was very tense. Cases that involve children are always harder, they just pull on the heartstrings a bit more. I was reading long into the night because I needed to know how this was all going to unfold. this case is very complex with a lot of layers. At first, it all seems relatively simple but as the case unfolds it’s much more complicated than thought.
Gregg has done an excellent job if keeping me hooked for the whole book and I can’t wait for the next one.
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