PI Addie Gorsky is still struggling with her father’s death when a friend asks her to look into the sudden death of his niece, Elena. The young woman died minutes after being discharged from Tender Mercies Psychiatric, one of the darker places in the Sunshine State.
Addie agrees to this small favor, despite Elena’s death from anaphylactic shock appearing like nothing more than a tragic accident.
Soon, Addie uncovers small discrepancies in Elena’s untimely death. Even more troubling is Elena herself, not the inexperienced college student described by her uncle, but a woman with a dark secret.
When a second person dies at the Mercies, Addie discovers a connection between the two deaths. A connection leading back to one of the most heinous crimes in Florida’s history and the horrific poisoning of seven small children.
Suddenly Addie finds herself in a deadly chess match with an unseen opponent, a grand master of murder always one step ahead. Somehow, she must find a way to defeat this ruthless killer before another life is lost.
Addie is the main character. The book follows her very closely. She is an interesting character—sometimes I couldn’t decide if I liked her or not. She is emotionally closed off, head strong to the point of recklessness, but there is a core goodness in her that is evident by her need to right wrongs and seek out justice. Her business partner is a good supporting character. There are a lot of varied supporting characters!
What a chilling and powerful plot. There are so many twists and turns that it did a good job keeping me guessing even when I was ‘sure’ what might have happened, I missed guessing the outcome. WOW! What an ending. You likely won’t see it coming. There were some heavy themes but the author did a good job of inserting humor into the story. Which was an excellent balance for the potentially darker themes.
I was really drawn in by this mystery. At first I underestimated the overall complexity of the mystery that the author was building. There were so many aspects and angles that the author introduced one after another. The story had two drawbacks that detracted from the story. The overall flow of the story is not consistent, marked by highs and lows. I also didn’t connect with the romance…it felt like an afterthought that didn’t add anything to the story. I actually liked the idea of it, but it was poorly executed. Thankfully the mystery was great and more than made up for it! I can tell this is the third book in the series but the author does a decent job filling you in so I don’t think much was missed.
A solid mystery story with not as solid character development. For sure a great read if you are craving a good mystery with a tough female heroine.
Where did I get it?
Author sent me a copy for a voluntary review.