FBI Agent Shannon Ames is heading home to upstate NY from NYC to see her family, when she’s forced to make an unscheduled stop due to a raging winter storm. Finding a car on the side of the road, she finds a dead body beside it, with a bullet hole readily visible. Heading further into town hoping to call for help she stops at a gas/convenience store only to find another body and a frightened clerk, Nick, huddled in the back room of the store.
Chloe Bixby, Nick’s girlfriend, is babysitting for a neighbors three young children when a strange vehicle drives into the yard. Unsure of who it might be, she opens the door, only for a man to force his way inside. Trying her best to protect the three children in her charge, she attempts to placate the man, who seems to be waiting…for what?
As Shannon attempts to call in local and state police for assistance, she learns that all roads leading into and out of Long Lake are blocked, due to inclement weather and accidents, and that she’s on her own. A quick look at the video tapes in the store let Shannon know she’s looking for two men – but why did they shoot the lone shopper in the store? And where are they now?
As Shannon works to put the pieces together, a killer is working on staying one step ahead…but she’s right on his heels and there’s nowhere to go…
This was another new discovery for me thanks to Netgalley and I was hooked from the very first page, reading it in it’s entirely today. Shannon Ames is an intelligent, likeable, no-nonsense law enforcement officer, who finds herself mired deep in secrets of a small town, but who also gives you glimpses into who she is as well. While this was my first introduction to this series, it will not be my last – I can’t wait to read more of this new (for me) series!
I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from #Netgalley & Inkubator Books in exchange for an objective review.