This is the second in the Evie Blackwell series. While there were some references to the previous book, this novel reads well on its own.
Evie is on a state task force to solve cold cases. The plot follows the current investigation of a college woman gone missing years ago, the case never having progressed to an arrest. Do to the nature of the plot, this is a novel of police procedure. Except for a very brief experience near the end, there is no suspense in the novel.
This is very much a character driven plot. Much of the novel is about Evie and, David, another cold case investigator. They share an office and talk about their cases. Much of the novel consists of detailed conversations about the investigations, options for further investigation, theories and speculation. I felt some of it was repetitive. We also learn much about Evie and David and their dating lives. David is dating a popular singer so we also learn quite a bit about concerts and the life of a music star. There are also long passages of character thought, especially Evie. Evie and David are Christians and there is a good presentation of the Christian viewpoint and the gospel.
I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a police procedure novel that is much more about the characters involved than suspense. I felt it slow going but then I like a quick moving plot with plenty of action. With that in mind, I would like the book to be about a hundred pages fewer. A reader who likes getting lost in the lives of the investigators is much better suited to enjoy this novel.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
Dee Henderson is the author of numerous novels. Her books have been nominated for several awards. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois. You can find out more at http://www.deehenderson.com/.
Bethany House Publishers, 432 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.