Title: The Secrets They Left Behind: A Mystery
Author: Lissa Marie Redmond
Release Date: April 7th 2020
Genre: Crime Thrillers
Three missing girls, no leads, a vault of dark secrets, and a case that’s getting chillier by the minute, set the stage for this nail-biting procedural from former cold case homicide detective and acclaimed author Lissa Marie Redmond.
Three college freshmen go missing from their rural hometown of Kelly’s Falls while on Christmas break. Their cell phones, coats, and purses are left behind, but the girls have disappeared without a trace. As the days turn into weeks and the investigation grows cold, twenty-three year old Buffalo police officer Shea O’Connor is called on to dig up leads undercover.
Still bearing the emotional and physical scars of a previous case, O’Connor infiltrates as eighteen-year-old Shea Anderson, a college freshman and the “niece” of the town’s police chief. As she begins to immerse herself in the missing girls’ world, befriending their friends and family, and doing whatever it takes to maintain her cover, O’Connor realizes the track is far colder than she initially thought. But whoever was behind the girls’ disappearance was only warming up, and they have set their crosshairs directly on her.
The heat is on for O’Connor as she closes in on the shocking truth about what really happened the night the girls vanished.
Missing girls. Undercover cop. Let’s do this….
As a whole, I did enjoy this book. There are some twists and just when I thought I had figured it out, something was revealed that made me change my mind. It happened like three times! I really dug that. Thank you Miss Redmond! An issue I had was it took awhile for things to happen. I wanted more on the missing girls. I was also intrigued by Shea’s back story so at times I felt like maybe I had missed a book. The story is well written. The fact the author had me guessing till the end was awesome! I loved the fact that I hadn’t figured out the ending. The characters were ok. They did their part. I had mixed feelings about Shea though. All that being said, this was a decent read. I would like to read more from this author. I give it 3.5 stars.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*