In a whispered voice, she uttered the same phrase she spoke every year on this day, at this exact moment. “May God forgive me.”
The prologue starts with intrigue and the rest of the read goes into a roller coaster ride till the very end. The intrigue is you don’t know who this woman is but you feel her pain. You don’t know why but there is intentionality to her purpose. Herein enters Angie DeRose, a private investigator that brings runaways home. Her passion comes from her parents who have a sad past of their own. Her father an orphan, living in foster care and her mother estranged from her family that Angie knows nothing about. Angie also has her own experience of losing a friend that has never been found. She is determined and purposeful with each case. This includes Nadine. A 16 year old runaway that left her dysfunctional home of an alcoholic mother and self-centered father that left his family to escape responsibility. Nadine runs from one bad situation to another. Her narration is done thru a diary she keeps as she finds herself in the sex trafficking trade. This narration speaks volumes expressing Nadine’s vulnerability and fear that keeps her from trying to escape. The head games that her captors play and how Nadine sees herself is masterfully done.
With Nadine’s case and the death of her mother, you are drawn into the character of Angie. She is tough, persistent and vulnerable. While helping her father go thru her mother’s things, she finds an old picture of a young girl that has a haunting message. Angie with her investigative bent, is determined to find out. It becomes a deadly hunt with twists and turns that weave the two plots together in the most thrilling way.
I loved this one. It rocked my reading world.
A Special Thank You to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.