Published by Thomas & Mercer on December 1st 2016
Source: Wunderkind PR
I received this book for free from Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
A woman vanishes from a Texas town. Did she simply run off, or is something darker at play?
When Patrick Dielman shows up at Detective Jo Larsen’s desk insisting that his wife, Jenny, is missing, Jo wonders if it’s a case of a bored housewife running away.
But as she digs deeper into Jenny’s life, Jo learns that Dielman keeps a stranglehold on the family finances, down to the last nickel, and that Jenny’s first marriage dissolved following the death of her young son. By all accounts—including her doctor’s—she never recovered from the loss. Between a controlling husband, a tragic past, and a callous ex-husband, Jo can’t be sure if she should suspect foul play or accept that the woman may have wanted to disappear.
For Jo, whose own demons are shadowing her every step, finding Jenny becomes more than the typical protect-and-serve.
Jo Larsen is met with a man at the precinct that claims his wife is missing. She is skeptical that the missing woman was just running away from life for a bit. On further investigation, things look a lot more desolate. Jo finds suspicious angles from her financially controlling first husband, and dismissive ex-husband. The more Jo investigates the more dangerous things get will she be able to find the truth before it’s too late?
In an Oyster Shell – A page-turning thriller that will have you reading without putting the book down.
The Pearls – The opening of the book had me intruiged. A detective with a hard past. She finds herself along the way of investigating the disappearance of Jenny Dielman. Weaving personal and professional life she does her best to find the truth. The adventure of following her was an intense ride.
The mystery was really good. It kept you guessing and in the end there were multiple guilty parties. The author is really good at writing mystery. I can’t wait to read her other books.
There were a lot of characters involved. It was easy to keep up with them all. The author’s characters were defined and distinctive. It was definitely a character driven narrative.
The Sand – There was a little bit of head hopping it was hard to know sometimes who’s perspective the reader was in.