My interest in psychology started when I was young and grew through college when I chose it as my major. This book fascinated me, and it was not only from the viewpoint of someone who loves reading mysteries but also from the viewpoint of someone who has become quite adept at figuring out "whodunnit" just from my college courses. I know people, I understand how they think, why they take the actions they do, and I have seriously missed my calling as a forensic psychologist, to be quite honest. So when I say that I was shocked when I got to the end of the book, that is saying something significant. There was a point about halfway through the book where my sixth sense was tingling, but I ignored it because I couldn't imagine that it was leading me anywhere. I should have listened. You will never guess who committed the crime.
Fog Harbor, California is a small, quiet town until a woman suddenly goes missing and is found days later, strangled and in plain sight of the church where a vigil was being held in her honor. All signs point to a man criminal psychology Olivia Rockwell knows only too well...because she is treating him at the local maximum security prison. Detective Will Decker thinks Olivia could be the key to solving this case, if only he could get her to cooperate instead of trying to convince him that her patient is innocent of the crime. When a second body is found, in the same manner of death as the first victim, the "s" word begins to be thrown around, and Will and Olivia realize that time is now swiftly running out. If they don't catch the killer soon, it could be Olivia's neck on the line next.
I can't give you too much detail without giving things away, and half the fun in reading this wild ride of a book is the surprises around every corner. While Olivia and Will have a bit of romance sparking throughout the book, the real pleasure in reading the story comes from trying to decipher the truth. Is it possible that Drake Devere, the murderer safely locked away, is actually escaping to commit murders and then smuggling himself back into jail? It all seems so impossible and yet...is it possible? You'll ask yourself this question over and over again as Olivia and Will get closer to the truth. You'll question the motives of everyone, and soon every character is a suspect. Olivia's history is a sad one that she keeps hidden from those around her, and when you find out more about it, you begin to wonder if she can truly be an unbiased observer, just as Will wonders when he discovers her truth. And then you look at Will and his sordid past, and you wonder if he just wants to brighten up his reputation once more. This is not a book to read when you've got a lot of things on your mind, because you'll need every brain cell to focus on this mystery.
I'm super excited that this is just the first in a series with Olivia and Will in the starring roles! I love murder mysteries, and the psychology thrown in is the cherry on top of what is sure to be an amazing series.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**
About the Author
Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing--professionally and creatively--for as long as she can remember. Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery's writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. And she's heard her fair share of real life thrillers. Ellery lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, a picturesque setting that provides the backdrop for many of her novels. If you don't find Ellery interviewing murderers behind prison walls or pecking away at her latest novel, she is probably at the gym landing a solid jab-cross to a punching bag; riding bicycles with her special someone; or enjoying a movie the old-fashioned way--at the theater with popcorn and Milk Duds. Ellery was previously selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition, and she recently signed a three book deal with Bookouture for her new Rockwell and Decker mystery thriller series. If you'd like to receive a notification when new books are released, please sign up for Ellery's newsletter at ellerykane.com. Ellery also signs e-books on authorgraph.com.