Detective Josie Quinn is just settling in to a nice evening off with her boyfriend, Lt. Noah Fraley, when both of their phones ring simultaneously. It’s the Chief, asking them to investigate a murder – the covering detective, Gretchen, cannot be reached and the murder has taken place at her home. Upon their arrival at the scene, they discover the body of a young male, with no apparent relation to Gretchen, and no reason to be in the Denton area, let alone in Gretchen’s driveway. Meanwhile, their very capable detective, Gretchen Palmer, remains missing, the GPS tracker on her car, disabled.
As Josie and Noah investigate the murder and Gretchen’s disappearance simultaneously, few clues come to light. Cell phone records give them no real clues as to why a young college aged male from Idaho suddenly traveled to Pennsylvania and wound up dead in Gretchen’s driveway. As they continue to work the case late one evening, they are started by a call from the officer downstairs – Gretchen is in the building and is confessing to the murder. As they attempt to speak with her, she again states that she is responsible, and demands to be arrested – striking Josie in the face in apparent anger.
But Josie knows enough about Gretchen to know that something is wrong. As Gretchen is held by the state police, Josie gets to work, trying to prove her innocence, despite her insistence that she is guilty. A call to an old partner of Gretchen’s sheds some light on her early past and provides Josie and Noah just enough information to head the investigation in the right direction. But re-visiting the past can sometimes be very dangerous – as Josie and Noah attempt to unravel the mystery, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a very old, but just as deadly nemesis…
I LOVED this book!! I love this series!!! This book takes off running, will keep you up well into the night, and, with gradual peeks and insights into Gretchen’s traumatic past, will keep you guessing until the very end! A fabulous read! I cannot wait for more from Lisa Regan!