On the first week of Garrett Anderson's new job he is called to the scene of a gruesome murder of a young girl, the third in a series of seemingly connected killings, where a polaroid of the victim is left at the scene.
When the FBI is called in to help with the case, Garrett finds himself working with his old flame Jordan Lambert. As the killings continue and the killer begins to aim closer to home, Garret begins to question his abilities and if they will be able to bring the killer to justice.
This book is both a prequel and a sequel to the Nikki Boyd series, and covers a long span of time. It delves into why Nikki became an agent after the disappearance of her sister, and the case follows Garrett from the very first week of his job. I thought that it did a great of showing the frustration of a case like this, when all the pieces don't fall into place right away, and realistically showed the hard reality that some case just don't get solved, haunting the investigators and the many people who pour themselves into their jobs to protect others.
Jordan and Garrett reconnect, and rebuild their friendship throughout the case. But I felt like the long span of time that this book covers with the time jumps did hurt the relationship building aspect of the story as well as the pace, and instead was a more grim read than others in the series. It was a hard book to read due to the tough subject matter, full of gory details.
Overall, a tougher book to really get into because while I liked the realistic-ness of the long timeline, it did make the pace harder to latch onto, and make the relationship building harder to see. Not quite the normal romantic suspense read, but great for people who like more crime reads.
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