Published: April 2014 by Orion
Category: Thriller, Suspense, Crime Fiction, Book Review
It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.
Two devastating events that happened around the same time, eighteen years previously, had a powerful effect on NYPD Detective Kat Donovan. Her father was murdered and her fiancé broke off their relationship without explanation. She hasn’t had another relationship since that meant anything to her. Kat’s friend Stacy bought her a subscription for a dating website, something she knew Kat would never do on her own. Feeling slightly obligated Kat trawls through the profiles and is stunned to see a picture of her ex fiancé on one of the profiles. Eventually, feeling she has nothing to lose, Kat makes contact.
At the same time Monte Leburne, the man who confessed to killing Kat’s father, is dying in prison. Kat has been trying unsuccessfully to find out what happened the night her father was killed—she needs to know the truth and this could be her last chance.
While all this is going on Kat is approached by Brandon Phelps who is worried about his mother. She went on a romantic trip with someone she met online and Brandon feels all isn’t as it seems, even though he has been receiving texts, supposedly from his mother. The reader soon learns there is a decidedly vicious criminal gang operating in the area.
“Hello? Someone? Please help me!”
He heard a noise now. Right above him. It sounded like scraping or shuffling or…
Or footsteps? Footsteps right above him.
Gerard thought about the dark. He thought about the small of fresh soil. The answer was suddenly so obvious, yet it made no sense.
I’m underground, he thought. I’m underground.
And then he started to scream.