Baltimore city Homicide Detective J.D. Fitzpatrick has seen a lot of violence but nothing like the trail of tortured bodies that are turning up throughout the city. And now he's starting to suspect that his medical examiner, Dr. Lucy Trask, may be shielding a dark secret that could connect her to these vicious killings-and put her next on the killer's hit list...
While out for her morning jog, Dr. Lucy Trask comes across a dead body, but not just any dead body, the body of her close friend and father figure...or so she thinks. The body is horribly dismembered and it isn't until closer inspection that Lucy realized that this isn't actually her good friend after all, but someone wanted her to think it was, but why? New homicide detective, JD Fitzpatrick, isn't sure how Lucy fits in to this murder but he knows she is the key. When the bodies start to pile up, Lucy has to head back to the one place on earth she had hoped to never return, her home town. Going home is painful and humiliating for Lucy but JD is supportive and reassuring and Lucy finds her walls of steel start to lower and allow JD a glimpse of who she is and where she is from. As the pieces of the puzzle start to fall together, the attraction that Lucy and JD share seems almost impossible to set aside. Both JD and Lucy have their fair share of secrets...will they finally trust someone, each other, to finally help them move on? How is this killer connected to Lucy, her brother and her hometown?
"Who needs fancy police databases when we have Facebook and a phone?" (you never know what you can find when you check out facebook lol)
This was my first Karen Rose book, but definitely not my last. This was a true suspense book that kept me guessing until all of the clues were finally released. The chemistry between JD & Lucy was evident in their first meeting. The secondary characters were just as enjoyable to get to know as the main characters. I am completely intrigued with Thorne, and I sincerely hope he gets his own story, I would love to read about him more. The small town politics that played out in the book, were dead on. Being from a small town, it was like....justice. Lucy has several secrets in her past and her current life, I was pleasantly surprised at each turn of the page. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good suspense murder mystery. In the comments at the end of the story, Ms. Rose mentions, this is the start of a new series...YAY!