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.Widow Lake by Rita Herron
Also by this author: The Silent Dolls, Wildflower Graves, The Burning Girls, Frozen Souls
Series: Detective Ellie Reeves #8
Also in this series: The Silent Dolls, Wildflower Graves, The Burning Girls, Frozen Souls
Published by Bookouture on 31st May 2023
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
“Help,” a tiny voice cried out into the darkness. Little Betsy trembled, praying someone would hear her, save her. “Please,” she whimpered. “I’m scared.”
On the hottest day of the year, as a heatwave takes hold of the Appalachian Mountains, a five-year-old girl goes missing. Just as the sun is setting, a family vacation becomes a worst nightmare—Betsy, with her green eyes, ponytail and rainbow t-shirt—disappears in the woods by Widow Lake. Detective Ellie Reeves is straight on the scene, promising Betsy’s heartbroken parents that she will stop at nothing to find their precious daughter.
Hours later, Ellie is called back to the lake. One of her team have discovered some remains near where Betsy disappeared. The bones belong to a local girl, Amy Dean, who vanished ten years ago to the day, along with her two-year-old baby girl Paisley. But why was Paisley never reported missing? And could she still be alive?
Ellie is suddenly up against the toughest case of her career. Her instincts tell her that the two cases are somehow connected, and she works day and night to uncover the link. When she comes across some little graves beside the water’s edge, she knows she needs to stop the evil lurking around this tranquil lake.
When Ellie discovers a notebook scrawled with the handwriting of a little girl, it could be the breakthrough she needs. Can she unravel a decades-old mystery, and stop the monster claiming innocent lives?
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via Negalley. This is the 8th book in the Detective Ellie Reeves series but they can all be read as standalones.
Ellie and her team catch quite a complex case this time. When multiple sets of remains that are a decade old are discovered, Ellie is sure they are connected but how? It’s so much more difficult to investigate a crime 10 years after it happened. Ellie and the team work hard to uncover the truth and keep us on the edge of our seats the whole way through.
The story has many threads running through it and Rita keeps the mystery up as to how they are all connected. Intense from the beginning and explosive to the end this is another brilliant addition to the series
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