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.The Trapped Ones by Stacy Green
Also by this author: The Girls in the Snow , One Perfect Grave, Lost Angels, The Girl in the Ground
Series: Nikki Hunt #5
Also in this series: The Girls in the Snow , One Perfect Grave, Lost Angels, The Girl in the Ground
Published by Bookouture Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
She raced across the woods. Cold wind hit her face, and her heart pounded so fast she could almost feel the panic rushing through her veins. She knocked on the door knowing she didn’t have much time. Fear gripped her. “Please, help,” she whispered.
Rushing to the scene of a homicide at a farmhouse surrounded by thick, dark woodland, Special Agent Nikki Hunt is shocked to find four victims. A mother and father have been stabbed, their son, Bryce, is fighting for his life, and a young woman’s body is lying near the front door, her wrists bound with heart-shaped bunting. Nikki has never seen such a complex scene, but despite recovering from her own painful loss, she will do whatever it takes to bring this killer to justice.
Nikki soon identifies the woman as missing student Jessica Chandler and finds Bryce’s initials woven into the jumper she wore the night she died. It seems like they were a couple, and that the Webers were a happy family. So who would want them dead?
The murders have all the hallmarks of a serial killer: all the evidence suggests the murderer was watching them, turned the security cameras off as they entered and fled the scene from the front door. But then Jessica’s friends tell Nikki she was uncomfortable around Bryce, and when two of Bryce’s friends go missing along Stillwater river, and the girlfriend is found, she claims her boyfriend tried to kill her.
Are Bryce and his friends hiding a dark side? Nikki knows she must dig deeper to find out their secrets, but can she uncover the truth before the killer takes another life?
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. This is the fifth book in the Nikki Hunt series but could be read as a standalone. I would highly recommend the first four books though if you haven’t read them.
This case is extremely perplexing. A mother and father are found dead, their son severely injured and a third unrelated female is also found dead at the scene. There are so many questions and the entire scene just does not make sense. As Nikki and her team unravelled this case it gave me more and more questions. I was desperate to see how this one played out and was shocked and saddened when the truth came out.
I liked seeing the character development for Nikki. She has grown since book one and while she still has had a hell of a past it is nice to see her happy with Rory and to have some sort of truce with his parents.
This book really showed some of the consequences of privileged men. Whether that be from wealth or being the star sportsman. This is something that we shouldn’t be allowing in our society yet we all know it has and likely is still happening.
An excellent addition to a fantastic, gripping series.
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