by Patricia Hale
on Tour October 1-31, 2018
Track star, Ashley Lambert, has just been accepted into the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, so when she jumps eighteen stories to her death her parents hire the PI team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan to find out why. The investigation exposes a deeply disturbed family hiding behind a façade of perfection and follows Ashley’s descent into performance enhancing drugs and blackmail. Ashley’s coaches, peers and even her parents come into question. The disturbing truth behind Ashley’s death is testimony to lines crossed and allegiances sworn…. in the name of love.
Meanwhile, things don’t add up next door. Britt’s working overtime researching their new neighbors whose one-year-old son disappeared four years ago. Rhea McKenzie, has a secret and bruises aren’t the only thing she’s trying to hide. When an off-hand comment discloses a connection to Ashley Lambert the two cases become entwined, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Britt is sucked into an alliance with Rhea and driven to make decisions that challenge her ethics, threaten her relationship and in the end, push her over a line she never thought she’d cross.
This is a great mystery. It has a clever plot that is full of surprised yet is not so complex that I lost my way. Cole and Callahan are great characters. I like their snappy dialogue and the way they relate to each other. I like their methodical investigative skills. And the secondary characters are done well too. Greg is a piece of work. Hale developed him so well even I was ready to punch him. And don't get me started on Mike, a policeman, husband, and father who was even worse. Hale crafted characters that elicited strong feelings from me.
I like it when issues are explored in a novel. This one had lots about families and performance and control. There was also a troubling moral question that gave me much to think about. Revealing the issue would be a spoiler but it was a great twist in the plot.
I recommend this novel to readers who like a great plot and well crafted characters. This is the second Cole and Callahan novel I've read and I will definitely watch for the next one.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller
Published by: Intrigue Publishing
Publication Date: September 1, 2018
Number of Pages: 194
Series: Cole and Callahan #3
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Patricia Hale lives in Standish, ME with her husband. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Goddard College, a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and the NH Writers Project. Scar Tissue is the third book in the Cole & Callahan thriller series. When the computer is off, you can find Patricia on the sideline of her grandsons’ sporting events or hiking the trails near her home with her German shepherd and one very bossy Beagle.
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