As the highly anticipated sequel to Watch Her Vanish, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! After finishing the first book, I immediately bought copies for family members, and I sang the praises of this author far and wide. I'm happy to say that she did not let me down in the continuation of Olivia Rockwell and Will Decker's adventures in the surprisingly scandalous town of Fog Harbor. While I am still anxiously awaiting the resolution from the murders in the first book, this book leaves us on a bit of a cliffhanger as well, as things aren't tied up neatly with a bow, so this series is certainly not for the faint of heart. Your resolve will be tested, and your stomach will need to strengthen as you read about the grisly deaths Olivia and Will encounter. I felt that the first book focused heavily on the psychology side of murder, whereas this book was more around the politics of it. We learn more about Olivia's father, Will's family, and the world of the elite that is often glossed over as perfect when in reality it is quite dark. As soon as I put it down, I growled in frustration that I didn't have the next book to dive into.
Things never stay quiet for long in the small town of Fog Harbor, despite the police department's hope for some peace. When a body is found in a barrel in the basement of a home, hidden there for almost 30 years, questions abound. Who is the young girl? Why did no one discover her before now? And what was the reason for her murder in the first place? Detective Will Decker knows those answers won't be found on his own, and soon he loops in Olivia Rockwell, who is dealing with trauma of her own. As the chief psychologist at Crescent Bay State Prison, she normally keeps her emotions in check and is able to handle all sorts of stressful situations. But as her personal life quickly collide with her professional one, it becomes more and more difficult to keep the two separated. Soon she is heading into the gray area of her job, and as she helps Will solve yet another murder, she questions if their relationship is able to stay professional as well. Murder seems to stalk them both, and it's all they can do to ensure no one else dies before they can catch the killer.
Olivia and Will are such an amazing duo, and I continue to be amazed at how they interact with each other in this series. While there is romantic tension, and as a romance enthusiast, I am dying for them to cross that line beyond friendship, the main focus in both books has been on the crimes and the criminals. The romance takes a backseat to the suspense and drama, and Ellery Kane write the book in such a way that the romance is not missed. I am literally on the edge of my seat with each book, and after talk to family who have read the book too, this is a sentiment shared by many. I kept thinking I knew who the killer was, and I would seesaw between people as the characters gain more clues. Ultimately, I came close, but I still didn't guess the true killer until they were staring right at me from the pages of the book. Unlike the first book, my heart ached when it was revealed who had done the terrible crime. Murder can be calculated and without sense, and sometimes it is full of emotion and desperation. I have enjoyed how the author has shown that in both books, that not all murder is alike in motive, because I think Hollywood often sensationalizes murderers as unfeeling monsters. It's rarely that simple.
I can't wait for the next book to see what Olivia and Will encounter next. If I could please request that they at least have a little more romance, that would make my romance-mad heart go crazy. Please and thank you!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**