Hidden Bones – Rita Herron

A small group of teens head out to an old, abandoned, supposedly haunted house in the woods for a sleep over – the newest Tik Tok trend – only to see a figure in a window. They hurriedly flee, but one of them, Mandy, falls into a deep pit that contains bones – and they appear to be human remains… 

It’s spring break time in Crooked Creek, GA and Detective Ellie Reeves is exhausted – literally. In addition to the usual shenanigans, some teens have been breaking and entering in to places they don’t belong, leading to arrests and inevitable confrontations with parents. She swings into the Corner Café and finds close friend and confidant Ranger Cord McClain at the bar and joins him while she waits for her dinner order. Then their phones ring simultaneously as they learn that a kid has fallen into a pit at the old Hawk House. 

As they arrive, Ellie learns that her niece is the teen who fell into the pit. She and Cord quickly get her up and back on solid ground, but not before Ellie catches a glimpse of a skull and other bones that appear to be partially buried in the dirt walls of the pit. The Evidence Response Team is called and Ellie opts to call in FBI Special Investigator Derrick Fox. 

There have long been rumors of cruelty and abuse surrounding the now defunct orphanage named Hawk House, but no one to confirm or deny them. The story went that the headmaster packed up and disappeared one day, causing the place to be closed a couple of months later. But the stories were never verified – the Sheriff at the time reportedly found nothing that caused concern. Ellie and her team start to dig into the past, hoping to learn what really happened all those years ago. 

As the investigation intensifies, a search of the building turns up some horrors of its own, and more osseous remains are found. Meanwhile a woman’s brutalized body has just been found, stuffed into a plastic bag and tossed down a cliff.  Are these two separate incidents – or are they related??  As the team works fervently to find answers from killings both past and present, someone is equally determined to keep old secrets protected…and he has Ellie dead in his sights… 

Another great installment of the Ellie Reeve’s series, with hopefully many more to come!  Far-fetched, yep, absolutely, but what a great suspenseful, action-packed read – complete with diabolical bad guys and a strong, fearless female to bring ‘em down!  Don’t pick it up until you’ve got time to curl up and read – you’re not going to want to put it down!! 

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