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.Three Small Bones by Jennifer Chase
Also by this author: Little Girls Sleeping , Her Last Whisper, Flowers on Her Grave, Last Girls Alive
Series: Detective Katie Scott #8
Also in this series: Little Girls Sleeping , Her Last Whisper, Flowers on Her Grave, Last Girls Alive
Published by Bookouture on 16th September 2022
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
Smoke curls from what’s left of the beautiful family home on the edge of the woods. The heat is unbearable as she descends the stairs to the basement, past a set of bicycles––two big, one small. That’s when she sees three little white bones in the cracked earth at her feet, turning her blood to ice…
When firefighters tackling a blazing house in a quiet suburb of Pine Valley, California discover human remains, Detective Katie Scott races to 717 Maple Street. She calls a halt to the excavations the moment she sees the full number and size of the bones; someone has buried a whole family down here.
Working night and day, it’s up to Katie to prove her theory that the fire was no accident, that someone wanted to expose the secret in the basement. Tiny traces of explosives residue found at the scene is all the proof she needs. But the Cross family have been missing for months––leaving friends and loved ones in agonizing pain––what twisted soul would do this now? And why?
The case takes another heart-shattering turn when Katie’s suspicions over recent renovation work on the house leads to the discovery of more bodies in the back yard: two little girls, buried years apart. What other devastating secrets are hidden in this perfect family home? It’s a dead end at every turn as Katie tracks down anyone who knew the family. Just when it looks like all hope is lost, reports of the Cross’s landlord harassing the family before they went missing gives Katie a crucial lead. With a menacing grey sedan following her every move, how many more innocent lives will be lost before Katie can dig up the truth?
Detective Katie Scott is one of my favourite detective series. She will fight tooth and nail to find out what happened in her cases. She is a bit of a wildcard as she regularly runs into danger and doesn’t think about the consequences but she always does it with the thought of catching the killer. This may be the 8th book in the series but you could read it as a standalone.
This case was fascinating and every time Katie and the team discovered a new clue it became weirder and weirder. When members of the team started being targeted the tension just skyrocketed. I was eagerly swiping page after page in a desperate attempt to make sure everyone was okay. Like if I finished it quickly enough it would save someone.
Jennifer really drew me into the case and held my attention. The story was very fast-paced. It was very easy to sit here and read chapter after chapter and not notice how long I had been sitting still for!
Another excellent addition to the series. Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via NetGalley and for letting me take part in this tour.
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