This was an excellent read by any standards.
There are two things that stand out for me. One, I kept forgetting the author is male. His protagonist is a thirty-something (nearer forty than thirty?) female detective, Nicole Foster. The author writes in a first person point of view throughout the novel so the reader is seeing, feeling all through “female” eyes.That makes me query whether female readers also “forgot” the author was a male or could they tell? It’s an interesting point.
The second thing was the really neat book ends. A mirror image of the same scene both in the prologue and closing chapter. It worked.
The homicide investigation was in itself fascinating as were the characters of the main suspects. The homicide was so different than the usual run-of-the mill shootings and stabbings etc though nonetheless horrific. What could be more horrific than a toddler left to “cook” inside a car during a heatwave? Foster and her fellow detective have to determine whether this was a deliberate act or a tragic accident.
But strange as it may seem, the investigation took a back seat (pun intended) to the personal demons Detective Foster had to deal with. That is the fascinating part of this book and kudos to the author for pulling it off magnificently.
This is Book #2 in the Nicole Foster series but it can be read as a standalone. I did. I now need to read Book #1 ‘The Sound of Rain.’
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free digital copy of this book through NetGalley. I was under no obligation to review it and all opinions expressed are my own.