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Publisher's Summary

In this dark, gripping mystery, a brutal murder unearths old secrets that should have stayed buried.

A body just turned up in the small town of Portland, Pennsylvania. The crime is eerily similar to a twenty-year-old cold case: another victim, brutally murdered, found in the Delaware River. Lead detective Parker Reed is intent on connecting the two murders, but the locals are on lockdown, revealing nothing.

The past meets the present when Becca Kingsley, who returns to Portland to be with her estranged but dying father, runs into Parker, her childhood love. As the daughter of the former police chief, Becca’s quickly drawn into the case. Coming home has brought something ominous to the surface - memories long buried, secrets best kept hidden. Becca starts questioning all her past relationships, including one with a man who’s watched over her for years. For the first time, she wonders if he’s more predator than protector.

In a small town where darkness hides in plain sight, the truth could change Becca’s life - or end it.

©2018 Karen Katchur (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Katchur is an engaging writer who ably navigates the dynamics of small-town life and the darkness that lurks beneath…Suspense with a tense family drama at its core.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Suspenseful…[The] gripping ending will leave readers eager for the sequel…” (Publishers Weekly)

“An engaging, solid mystery that will captivate lovers of the genre, especially those drawn to regional settings.” (Library Journal)

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Truly awful ; I hate it when i buy a mystery and

it turns out to be a soppy romance novel. gave up a few min in when narrator srared a sign read "caution falling from here could be fatal and tragic". how f'ing absurd.

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Anticipation then disappointment

This story had potential and for awhile I was looking forward to where it was going. Then Pffft! It just lumbered through the ending seemingly just to get there.

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  • 01-18-20

It could have been shorter and better

It was a good story but very confusing the author kept jumping back and forth in time without closing a chapter and starting one. I listened with my husband during out road trip and we felt that didn't allow us to engage and enjoy the book like we have with other ones. Also, a little but slow and the author developed in detail too many characters not relevant for the story.

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spellbounding twists and turns

this story is awesome and kept me on my toes I couldn't wait to listen and the performance was so real I really felt like u was a person in the story watching as events unfolded

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Good story!

I liked this story. It had a lose end and a couple remaining questions but overall pretty good. Will listen again in case I missed something!

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A good book

Good book, moved a little slow for me, but I'm going to read the next book. It showed what real people are like, I think. Although, I wasn't so happy that Clint was a bad sheriff. I wanted Becca to be stronger.

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Narrator was excellent -Slow burn read

I wanted to read this book having spent time in Northampton County and living in NJ. I love reading books with recognizable locales. The police procedural parts of the book were very realistic. I’m a cop’s daughter and have many cops in the family. I read many series and enjoy them. This “book 1” did not feel so much as cliffhanger but more like half a book. There was a lot of repetition for example ..I get you were cheated on and you’re not over the betrayal but you’re with him. You don’t have amnesia but have repressed thoughts. You had a past relationship with another character. Your issues with your father are unresolved. There was a decent amount of character development and backstory due to the 20 year old crime.
I’m a curious reader so I will read book two to see what happens. I feel the author wrote some very good descriptions of emotions and environment.
I think instead of the “thriller” it was advertised as it’s more realistic to call it a slow burn. If you enjoy and are prepared for a slow burn mystery this is an excellent book for you.
The Narrator was excellent performing so many male and female voices with distinction.

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great book

this was the first time I have read a book by this author. I thi k her writing skills are excellent. it immediately gets your attention and keeps it throughout the book.

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Keeps you guessing

really enjoyed the book. The narrator was a little soft spoken at times but not so bad you could not hear with the volume on highest. I listen on a phone while drive in the car

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Not that bad

The story was alright not so thriller though and the narrater didn't represent the male voices so well.

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  • 11-13-18

loved it all

my only complaint is that there wasn't
more pages. Really did love it all, the reader did a great job