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Her daughter, with emerald eyes and the sweetest smile, is everything to her. Her whole world. “Mommy,” the little girl says, touching her mother’s face with trembling fingers before she’s torn away. “Don’t cry.” Will she ever see her again? When single mother Alison Nolan sets off with her six-year-old daughter, Hazel, she can’t wait to spend precious time with her girl. A Her daughter, with emerald eyes and the sweetest smile, is everything to her. Her whole world. “Mommy,” the little girl says, touching her mother’s face with trembling fingers before she’s torn away. “Don’t cry.” Will she ever see her again? When single mother Alison Nolan sets off with her six-year-old daughter, Hazel, she can’t wait to spend precious time with her girl. A vacation in Silent Lake, where snow-topped mountains are surrounded by the colors of fall, is just what they need. But hours later, Alison and Hazel vanish into thin air. Detective Kay Sharp rushes to the scene. The only evidence that they were ever there is an abandoned rental car with a suitcase in the back, gummy bears in the open glove compartment and a teddy bear on the floor. Kay’s mind spins. A week before, the body of another woman from out of town was found wrapped in a blanket, her hair braided and tied with feathers. Instinct tells her that the cases are connected––and it won’t be long until more innocent lives are lost. As Kay leads a frenzied search, time is against her, but she vows that Alison and little Hazel will be found alive. She works around the clock, even though the small town is up in arms, saying she’s asking too many questions. Then she uncovers a vital clue – a photograph of the blanket that the first victim was buried in. Just when Kay thinks she’s found the missing piece, she realises she’s being watched. Is she getting too close, or is her own past catching up with her? With a little girl’s life on the line, Kay will stop at nothing. But will it be enough to get inside the mind of the most twisted killer she has ever encountered, or will another blameless child be taken? A totally gripping and utterly pulse-pounding crime thriller series for readers who love Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot. This twist-packed page-turner gives “unputdownable” a whole new meaning!


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Her daughter, with emerald eyes and the sweetest smile, is everything to her. Her whole world. “Mommy,” the little girl says, touching her mother’s face with trembling fingers before she’s torn away. “Don’t cry.” Will she ever see her again? When single mother Alison Nolan sets off with her six-year-old daughter, Hazel, she can’t wait to spend precious time with her girl. A Her daughter, with emerald eyes and the sweetest smile, is everything to her. Her whole world. “Mommy,” the little girl says, touching her mother’s face with trembling fingers before she’s torn away. “Don’t cry.” Will she ever see her again? When single mother Alison Nolan sets off with her six-year-old daughter, Hazel, she can’t wait to spend precious time with her girl. A vacation in Silent Lake, where snow-topped mountains are surrounded by the colors of fall, is just what they need. But hours later, Alison and Hazel vanish into thin air. Detective Kay Sharp rushes to the scene. The only evidence that they were ever there is an abandoned rental car with a suitcase in the back, gummy bears in the open glove compartment and a teddy bear on the floor. Kay’s mind spins. A week before, the body of another woman from out of town was found wrapped in a blanket, her hair braided and tied with feathers. Instinct tells her that the cases are connected––and it won’t be long until more innocent lives are lost. As Kay leads a frenzied search, time is against her, but she vows that Alison and little Hazel will be found alive. She works around the clock, even though the small town is up in arms, saying she’s asking too many questions. Then she uncovers a vital clue – a photograph of the blanket that the first victim was buried in. Just when Kay thinks she’s found the missing piece, she realises she’s being watched. Is she getting too close, or is her own past catching up with her? With a little girl’s life on the line, Kay will stop at nothing. But will it be enough to get inside the mind of the most twisted killer she has ever encountered, or will another blameless child be taken? A totally gripping and utterly pulse-pounding crime thriller series for readers who love Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot. This twist-packed page-turner gives “unputdownable” a whole new meaning!

30 review for The Girl from Silent Lake

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    3.5 stars rounded up. Leslie Wolfe is back! Dr Kay Sharp is a forensic psychologist. She left the FBI, where she worked as a profiler in San Francisco, when her younger brother, Jacob, was sent to prison for 6 months on a trumped up charge and returns home to Mount Chester to look after Jacob’s house and try and get him released. No sooner has she arrived back home than she gets a visit from Detective Elliot Young from the Franklin County Police Department seeking her expertise with a recent murd 3.5 stars rounded up. Leslie Wolfe is back! Dr Kay Sharp is a forensic psychologist. She left the FBI, where she worked as a profiler in San Francisco, when her younger brother, Jacob, was sent to prison for 6 months on a trumped up charge and returns home to Mount Chester to look after Jacob’s house and try and get him released. No sooner has she arrived back home than she gets a visit from Detective Elliot Young from the Franklin County Police Department seeking her expertise with a recent murder case. Despite her reservations Kay agrees to consult with the police. As soon as she familiarises herself with the case she feels that the recent killing is the work of a serial killer who has killed before and will kill again. They find more bodies and learn that some of the women’s children are still missing. Are they dead too? Or worse? It is clear from the bodies that this killer holds his victims for some time and subjects them to... horrible things. Kay wins over Elliot with her astute observations. Her developing profile of the killer is helpful but there still seem to be some pieces missing. There are so many questions that still have no answers. One thing is for sure - the person they are seeking is very clever indeed! As the police chip away at the evidence and get closer Kay takes a massive risk to unmask the killer. Will it be her downfall? I enjoyed this book. Although the plot was by no means unique, the pace was cracking and the character of Kay was so single-minded in her pursuit of the killer, really commendable. But - I think the story line where the kick ass female lead ignores orders and protocol and storms off to single-handedly save the day is getting stale so I took off half a point, You could see this one coming a mile away! Nevertheless - good plot, good characters, good action and a great whodunnit. I never guessed it. Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and Leslie Wolfe for providing a copy for me to review. My opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    The Girl from Silent Lake is the first instalment in the Detective Kay Sharp series, set in her hometown of Mount Chester. Former FBI Agent Dr Sharp is no stranger to family trauma and this has had profound implications on her life going forward — she moved away from her childhood home to escape the haunting memories and the abuse that happened at the hands of her father. Having left the FBI, where she had been employed as a forensic psychologist involved in criminal profiling based out of San F The Girl from Silent Lake is the first instalment in the Detective Kay Sharp series, set in her hometown of Mount Chester. Former FBI Agent Dr Sharp is no stranger to family trauma and this has had profound implications on her life going forward — she moved away from her childhood home to escape the haunting memories and the abuse that happened at the hands of her father. Having left the FBI, where she had been employed as a forensic psychologist involved in criminal profiling based out of San Francisco, when her younger brother, Jacob, is incarcerated for a term of 6 months on a trumped-up charge after a bar fight in which he punched someone but that resulted in no one getting hurt, Kay returns to the beautiful Northern California mountain terrain to houses it at his residence until he is released. While there she can't help but hear of the previously missing young woman who had just been found buried in the area but any guidance she's given police of late has fallen on deaf ears. It doesn't take long before she receives a visit from Detective Elliot Young from the Franklin County Police Department who requests her expertise in the most recent murder, presumably out of desperation. Reluctantly, she agrees and as she assesses the information she's been handed her formidable instincts tell her that the most recent killing is the work of a seasoned professional who has both murdered before and will do so again. The series of murders and abductions of women have been on Kay’s mind recently and she believes they will not cease until the ruthless, evil serial murderer is caught and punished. It will take the whole of the local police’s resources and Kay’s continually updated analysis of the killer's traits to put a stop to the terror that has enveloped the rural town. Little does she know that in doing so she will reveal links to her past. This is a compulsive, compelling and unbelievably twisty as well as twisted storyline and moves at rapid-fire pace giving you barely a moment to catch your breath. It shifts between developments quickly keeping the action moving without ever a dull moment and you lose yourself in the pages as you're immersed in the fascinating main thread regarding the murders and abductions and the equally interesting minor threads exploring Kay’s personal life and family. Kay is a strong, fierce and independent protagonist just trying to make her way in life whilst also trying to look out for those she loves. It is told from the perspectives of present-day Kay and that of the past as well as including the killer’s thoughts and motives, and the way the timeline shifts is carried out seamlessly, addressing her awful and deeply-affecting childhood years and later it is also revealed that she has a secret which I presume will come into play in upcoming instalments. I loved that we get a full backstory of the killer including how he became who he is today which made for intriguing reading. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Detective Kay Sharp has returned to her hometown .. something she swore she'd never do. But a phone call from her younger brother sends the FBI Profiler back to a place that holds no good memories. It's a small community and she's asked to help solve a crime. A dead woman has been found by Silent Lake under the dew-covered Fall leaves, her hair braided and her body wrapped in a blanket. Kay warns the local police that they have a serial killer in their midst. And that's not the only body that will Detective Kay Sharp has returned to her hometown .. something she swore she'd never do. But a phone call from her younger brother sends the FBI Profiler back to a place that holds no good memories. It's a small community and she's asked to help solve a crime. A dead woman has been found by Silent Lake under the dew-covered Fall leaves, her hair braided and her body wrapped in a blanket. Kay warns the local police that they have a serial killer in their midst. And that's not the only body that will be found in the same exact condition. There's no seemingly connection between the women found .. and the one still missing. One was white, one was black, one was Asian. Some had children ... children that disappeared with their mothers .. one or two didn't. So what's the connection? How is this killer finding his victims? Where is he keeping them ... temporarily? Kay needs to move fast .... before a horrifying secret is discovered .... and before Kay becomes the next victim. The intricate plot is full of twists and turns, swirling around credible characters. Page-turning action starts on page one and doesn't stop until the explosive conclusion. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the digital copy of this addictive new crime thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Píaras Cíonnaoíth

    Wolfe delivers again with another gripping crime thriller... The Girl from Silent Lake by bestselling author Leslie Wolfe is another gripping crime thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Detective Kay Sharp is book 1 in what promises to be another fine collection by this prolific writer. The author again weaves another suspense filled crime thriller with plenty twists and turns that easily draws the reader in from the opening chapter. The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘She Wolfe delivers again with another gripping crime thriller... The Girl from Silent Lake by bestselling author Leslie Wolfe is another gripping crime thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Detective Kay Sharp is book 1 in what promises to be another fine collection by this prolific writer. The author again weaves another suspense filled crime thriller with plenty twists and turns that easily draws the reader in from the opening chapter. The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘She felt a shiver up her spine as she approached the body, as if its coldness was somehow touching her own soul. The girl in the shallow grave was wrapped in a blanket like a newborn baby. Her skin was porcelain white, as if kissed by snow, and her hair was braided, tied with feathers. What had happened to this poor innocent girl?... Detective Kay Sharp vowed she’d never return to her childhood home. On the night of her thirteenth birthday her broken family was shattered beyond repair and leaving was the only option. Unable to fix her own past, she’s been an FBI profiler for over a decade, desperate to save others…. But now Kay’s back and only she can solve the crime that has rocked the tight-knit community of Mount Chester to its core. A dead woman has been found by Silent Lake under the dew-covered Fall leaves, her hair braided and her body wrapped in a blanket. This small town may be a stranger to murder, but Kay recognizes the signs of a serial killer. She’s certain that the ritualistic nature of the scene means it’s just a matter of time until he strikes again––unless she catches him first… As yellow do-not-cross tape flaps in the biting wind, another woman is reported missing. Kay leads a frenzied search for out-of-towner Alison Nolan and when she locates her car, Kay’s blood turns to ice as she shines her flashlight on the backseat and sees a teddy bear. Alison’s six-year-old little girl, Hazel, has vanished too… Kay knows the missing-person investigation could turn into a murder case at any second. But as she hunts for the culprit, her own past closes in on her. Can she find the killer before it’s too late? And will the secret she thought she’d buried stay that way?’ The story unfurls in small acts, at first feeling slight to touch, then building in emotional substance. Into the spaces between the words, the author breathes a pulsating intensity that rolls like a motion picture camera. With an abundance of imagery in the writing style, it makes you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I look for in a good book. I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the story in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. If you are looking for a well-written crime thriller with amazing characters and a gripping plot then ‘The Girl from Silent Lake’ will not leave you disappointed. Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This novel, The Girl from Silent Lake by Leslie Wolfe is the first instalment in the Detective Kay Sharp series, set in her hometown of Mount Chester. Dr Kay Sharp is a former FBI agent who was based in San Fransisco where she was a forensic psychologist involved in criminal profiling. Her younger brother Jacob has been imprisoned for six months following a brawl in a bar, and she has temporarily returned to Mount Chester, in the Northern Californian mountains to housesit for him. When a dead wo This novel, The Girl from Silent Lake by Leslie Wolfe is the first instalment in the Detective Kay Sharp series, set in her hometown of Mount Chester. Dr Kay Sharp is a former FBI agent who was based in San Fransisco where she was a forensic psychologist involved in criminal profiling. Her younger brother Jacob has been imprisoned for six months following a brawl in a bar, and she has temporarily returned to Mount Chester, in the Northern Californian mountains to housesit for him. When a dead woman is found by Silent Lake, partially buried by leaves, her hair braided and her body wrapped in a blanket, the experienced Kay believes there is a serial killer at large and they will strike again. Then another woman, Alison Nolan, vanishes along with her daughter, Hazel, and the local detective, Elliot Young, asks for Kay's assistance. This is a rapid-paced, compelling story with masterful execution. The constant action means there is never a dull moment and the threads detailing Kay's personal life are equally as exciting as the main plot concerning the murders and abductions. Told through the eyes of Kay in the present day as well as the past, the reader is also treated to the killer's thoughts and motives. I really warmed to Kay; she displays independence, fierceness, and strength and gets on with her life whilst trying to look out for those she loves. The timeline shifts are seamless and expertly done as Kay addresses her awful and deeply traumatic childhood years. An author with an impressive back catalogue, Leslie Wolfe is a new author for me and one whose work I am so glad to have come across. I liked her writing style and found it hard to tear myself away from this book. I am really excited to read more from Leslie Wolfe and this series going forward. It was a pleasure to read The Girl From Silent Lake, complete with it's terrific, jaggy finale and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Detective Kay Sharp left home after unforgettable family trauma. A Special Agent with the FBI, Kay has become a renowned criminalist and also has a psychology degree. Coming back home is the last thing Kay wanted to do, but her brother Jacob has gotten himself in trouble, and is being jailed for a short duration. Kay feels responsible for Jacob and his house, so she leaves her career behind and goes back to home to a place where she is haunted by terrible memories. It takes but a minute for Kay t Detective Kay Sharp left home after unforgettable family trauma. A Special Agent with the FBI, Kay has become a renowned criminalist and also has a psychology degree. Coming back home is the last thing Kay wanted to do, but her brother Jacob has gotten himself in trouble, and is being jailed for a short duration. Kay feels responsible for Jacob and his house, so she leaves her career behind and goes back to home to a place where she is haunted by terrible memories. It takes but a minute for Kay to step foot in the small town when she realizes they have been rocked by the murder of a woman. The murder carries a very specific signature of a serial killer that is currently serving multiple life terms in prison. Is there a copycat at play, and if so, how many more victims will there be? Kay's expertise is not always welcome, but once she recognizes that a child is missing, she puts her all into the investigation. By so doing, her own past hits her square in the face. Meanwhile, Kay has had a secret for years and if she is not careful, that secret will be exposed. What a fabulous first book in what will no doubt be an excellent series! Leslie Wolfe is a new name for me and I was ecstatic to be able to read the first book in a new series. I love how she developed Kay's character, as well as how the plot and the conflict played out. In fact, I am excited to read the next book in the series, Beneath Blackwater River, which is set for release April 23rd. I love Kay and cannot wait to see how she handles her next case. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    First of I want to say a huge thank you to the publisher Bookouture , the author Leslie Wolfe , and to NetGalley for inviting me to join the blog tour for this book as well as letting me read and review it.Wow the first 2 things that me request the ARC of it was the cover and the title , and the 3rd thing was the little bit of the description I read after that I was like yes please and man am I happy that I did request it, because it was everything I was hopping it would be which was dark and di First of I want to say a huge thank you to the publisher Bookouture , the author Leslie Wolfe , and to NetGalley for inviting me to join the blog tour for this book as well as letting me read and review it.Wow the first 2 things that me request the ARC of it was the cover and the title , and the 3rd thing was the little bit of the description I read after that I was like yes please and man am I happy that I did request it, because it was everything I was hopping it would be which was dark and disturbing as well as secretive and it had me hanging on to every word and the more I read the more I wanted to see what happened next,

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    After escaping an abusive father, Kay Sharp becomes an FBI profiler and then leaves that job to return to her hometown after her brother Jacob is arrested. She is not there to help his case, but just to look after his home while he’s in jail for six months. Once she arrives at Mount Chester, she is caught up in the ritualistic serial killings that are taking place. Her skill as a profiler and a forensic psychologist are desperately needed to try to find a young mother and her little daughter bef After escaping an abusive father, Kay Sharp becomes an FBI profiler and then leaves that job to return to her hometown after her brother Jacob is arrested. She is not there to help his case, but just to look after his home while he’s in jail for six months. Once she arrives at Mount Chester, she is caught up in the ritualistic serial killings that are taking place. Her skill as a profiler and a forensic psychologist are desperately needed to try to find a young mother and her little daughter before another victim is buried for cadaver dogs to find. The plot was well-developed as were most of the characters. The points of view are from Kay, a younger Kay and the killer. This book depicted disturbing violence that was shocking and hard for me to read at times. The plot was complex but riveting. The killer was twisted and a worthy match against the knowledge of Kay and the local police department. This is a good start to a new series, but I honestly don’t know if I can take this level of violence again. I enjoy a good thriller, but parts of this book were really hard for me to stomach. I give it 3.5 stars and hope that Kay Sharp will continue in her quest for justice although I may not read the next one. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of The Girl from Silent Lake, the first novel to feature former FBI agent Dr Kay Sharp. Kay returns home to Mount Chester in the mountains of Northern California to house sit when her brother is incarcerated. While home she becomes fascinated by the murder of a young woman whose body has recently been uncovered. She is asked by the local detective to use her profiling skills to help identify the killer and in doing so finds links I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of The Girl from Silent Lake, the first novel to feature former FBI agent Dr Kay Sharp. Kay returns home to Mount Chester in the mountains of Northern California to house sit when her brother is incarcerated. While home she becomes fascinated by the murder of a young woman whose body has recently been uncovered. She is asked by the local detective to use her profiling skills to help identify the killer and in doing so finds links to her past. I quite enjoyed The Girl from Silent Lake because it has a twisted plot told at breakneck speed. There is so much to keep up with it’s hard to find time to breathe, but the downside to this is that it’s fairly superficial and the developments come easily. To be fair, not much more is required in a thriller and it does its job well. The novel is told mainly from three points of view, Kay, her past and the killer. Kay is the main plot propellant as it is her insights that push it forward. That she seems omniscient by the age of 30 is just something the reader has to accept. The novel also skips back to her childhood and eventually explains why she has returned to Mount Chester. It’s a secret she intends to keep and I can see it playing out in future novels. The killer is unnamed until the denouement but his past is fully examined over the course of the novel. I found it totally unrealistic and skim read much of it. This is a novel that follows the tried and tested formula of a feisty female detective with secrets who hunts for a twisted killer with childhood and personality issues. It is an entertaining read but offers nothing new. 3.5*

  10. 4 out of 5

    marnie | once upon a time book reviews

    At the end of last year I decided that I was going to cut back on starting any new series so I could catch up with the ones I had fallen behind in. Then waltz’s in Bookouture with this new series from Leslie Wolfe and I was powerless to say anything other than yes to join in with the blog tour, after having read the blurb. It was like a magnet pulling me in and I just had to read this book and I am so glad that I did. What a sensational read this is! With a summary to this book that reads in part At the end of last year I decided that I was going to cut back on starting any new series so I could catch up with the ones I had fallen behind in. Then waltz’s in Bookouture with this new series from Leslie Wolfe and I was powerless to say anything other than yes to join in with the blog tour, after having read the blurb. It was like a magnet pulling me in and I just had to read this book and I am so glad that I did. What a sensational read this is! With a summary to this book that reads in part like beautiful poetry, Leslie Wolfe’s ability to make the mundane sound so beautiful, creates a stunning contrast to the horror of the killer. Now Detective Kay Sharp has to catch them before it is too late for the shattered peace of Mount Chester to be regained. I have so many female characters on my favourites list that I didn’t think I could fit anymore on it but, it would be remiss of me not to include Detective Kay Sharp to this list. What a brilliant strong and resilient woman she is but, one who is also damaged and puts everyone at arms length. Escaping her childhood home but unable to bury the horrific memories of what occurred there, it is a wonder she is able to function at all. An author with an impressive bibliography behind her, Leslie Wolfe is a new author for me and one who’s work I am so glad to have been exposed to. I connected immediately to her writing and found it so hard to tear myself away from this book when life rudely got in the way. The Girl From Silent Lake is an extremely dark, intense and thrilling read that will have you enthralled right from the get go. From the writing, to the structure, its characters, the lightening speed pace that it moves at and the story itself, which has been masterfully executed, I am really excited to read more from Leslie Wolfe and this series going forward. It was a pleasure to read and review The Girl From Silent Lake, which I highly recommend. Thank you to Leslie Wolfe, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Girl From Silent Lake, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    A young woman and her 8-year-old daughter are being held captive. They had driven to the Pacific coast for a vacation. The woman knows the evil man is going to kill them. Dr. Kay Sharp is headed home to the Pacific cast from her job as a special agent for the FBI in San Francisco profiling violent crimes. She had not been home in many years but is planning to stay because her usually easy-going brother, Jacob, got into a bar brawl earning him a six month prison sentence. She will look after the f A young woman and her 8-year-old daughter are being held captive. They had driven to the Pacific coast for a vacation. The woman knows the evil man is going to kill them. Dr. Kay Sharp is headed home to the Pacific cast from her job as a special agent for the FBI in San Francisco profiling violent crimes. She had not been home in many years but is planning to stay because her usually easy-going brother, Jacob, got into a bar brawl earning him a six month prison sentence. She will look after the family home where Jacob has been living. Their parents are both gone. When Kay reads about a young woman found murdered, she is determined to find out more. Detective Elliott stops by and wants to learn more from her about her experience with serial killers. That’s when she offers to help the local police department for free. As things escalate with more women disappearing, Kay and Elliot, using her vast experience begin to zero in on the killer. We also learn about Kay’s past in the town and some secrets that she herself is keeping. This is a truly gripping and compelling thriller that kept my interest all the way through the book. I think that mystery/thriller lovers will want to be sure and put this book on their lists. It’s not to be missed. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    The Girl from Silent Lake is one of those books that make the most of violence toward women. The kind of thriller that likes shocking torture and abuse. Of women. I'm tired of reading this kind of thriller, especially when the author is capable of writing a good mystery/thriller without concentrating on the torture and abuse. It isn't that I don't enjoy some books in this category, but they must make the investigation more important than the details of psychopathic behavior. I read this one last The Girl from Silent Lake is one of those books that make the most of violence toward women. The kind of thriller that likes shocking torture and abuse. Of women. I'm tired of reading this kind of thriller, especially when the author is capable of writing a good mystery/thriller without concentrating on the torture and abuse. It isn't that I don't enjoy some books in this category, but they must make the investigation more important than the details of psychopathic behavior. I read this one last month and debated about reviewing it. Most reviews are positive, but it annoyed me more than entertained me. NetGalley/Bookouture Thriller. 2021. Print length: 373 pages.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    A great start to a new series. Kay leaves her job as a FBI profiler to return to her home town, as her brother has been sent to prison. She is far from happy to return but feels she has no choice. With both their parents dead, Jacob is all she has. Kay is shocked at the state of the house but soon gets stuck into putting it right until she is approached by local Detective, Elliot. He knows she’s a great profiler and asks for her help with a murder case. Kay jumps at the chance to help and soon g A great start to a new series. Kay leaves her job as a FBI profiler to return to her home town, as her brother has been sent to prison. She is far from happy to return but feels she has no choice. With both their parents dead, Jacob is all she has. Kay is shocked at the state of the house but soon gets stuck into putting it right until she is approached by local Detective, Elliot. He knows she’s a great profiler and asks for her help with a murder case. Kay jumps at the chance to help and soon gets stuck into it. Throughout the book we have chapters from the killer and also flashbacks from Kay’s past, and we find out what made her leave home. As they discover more bodies they realise they need to catch this killer quickly as he just won’t stop. This is a gripping crime thriller that had me hooked. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    Kay is back in a small town where she has to find a killer. Everything points out to a similar murder that happened years ago but the culprit is in prison for life and that definitely makes everyone wonder if there’s a copy cat and how fast they can impide the new murderer to take more lives. Suspenseful, gripping, old secrets deep burred that eventually needs to see the light and a strong great heroine that is in the middle of everything. It’s my first book by the author but it got me intrigued Kay is back in a small town where she has to find a killer. Everything points out to a similar murder that happened years ago but the culprit is in prison for life and that definitely makes everyone wonder if there’s a copy cat and how fast they can impide the new murderer to take more lives. Suspenseful, gripping, old secrets deep burred that eventually needs to see the light and a strong great heroine that is in the middle of everything. It’s my first book by the author but it got me intrigued to read more stories by her and that’s what I’m planning to do in the near future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    FBI profiler Kay Sharp gets a call from her brother about how he is in trouble and will be going to jail and she knows what that means. She is going to have to leave the FBI and go back home to a place she doesn't want to be as it holds to many bad memories. While she is there she learns about a body found at Silent Lake and she gets involved in trying to solve the crime because she knows that it's the work of a serial killer. It took a little persuasion to get the locals on board with her theory FBI profiler Kay Sharp gets a call from her brother about how he is in trouble and will be going to jail and she knows what that means. She is going to have to leave the FBI and go back home to a place she doesn't want to be as it holds to many bad memories. While she is there she learns about a body found at Silent Lake and she gets involved in trying to solve the crime because she knows that it's the work of a serial killer. It took a little persuasion to get the locals on board with her theory especially since she is currently not with the FBI, but then they find more bodies. Kay has a secret from when she was a child and while investigating these crimes it comes back to haunt her making her question how the killer knows. I enjoy Kay as a character as she is pretty determined, strong and very good at her job, but I have never been a fan of law enforcement having a tainted past even if it is something that happened when she was child. It's a secret she has to keep that could affect her future and anyone around her if it got out. My favorite character would have to be Elliot the local detective, him and Kay made a good team. It took some getting use to how the story was set up as it had chapters with the victims, the killer, Kay's memories and then Kay's POV in present time. I would say my largest complaint is knowing who the killer was so early on in the book. It wasn't meant to be a secret at least I don't think it was as it was to easy to figure out but it was like once I knew all I wanted was for Kay to figure it out because it was easy to do if should would have done some things sooner than later, when that happens I get a bit bored and in a hurry to get finished with the book and I don't like that feeling!  It was still a really good detective novel and I will be on the lookout for the next one in the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Els

    My first book by this author (I know shame on me) and it certainly won’t be my last. I was captivated by the thrilling hunt for the unsub as well as by the background story of Detective Kay Sharp. More than once I held my breath felt my heart breaking or my eyes filling with tears. Your babies… from the moment they were born, your heart filled with love. You swore you would love them and protect them for ever… Then you see changes. You think you know how to handle the situation, but it seems like y My first book by this author (I know shame on me) and it certainly won’t be my last. I was captivated by the thrilling hunt for the unsub as well as by the background story of Detective Kay Sharp. More than once I held my breath felt my heart breaking or my eyes filling with tears. Your babies… from the moment they were born, your heart filled with love. You swore you would love them and protect them for ever… Then you see changes. You think you know how to handle the situation, but it seems like you don’t. You don’t understand what went wrong and why and there is only one thing you can do in your opinion… Sometimes I think we forget that those ruthless, vicious, heartless killers once were tiny, innocent babies craving love and attention. Was it their parents’ fault that things went wrong? In some cases, I guess we may say yes without a doubt. Not everybody is strong enough to fight and chose the right path and those who have to fend for themselves often fall by the wayside. And then you have that third category: respected in the community and clever enough to cover their tracks…for a while at least. I know a sob story is not enough to excuse a killer’s behaviour, but it certainly helps you to understand where they came from. A very good book that deserves 5 stars without a doubt Thank you, Leslie Wolfe and Bookouture

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melanie’s reads

    With an opening chapter that would chill any mother to the bone I knew I was in for an intense read. The descriptive writing made it feel like I was in the cabin with Alison and Hazel, watching on in horror at what was sure to come. Then we are sat in the car with Special Agent Kay Sharp, an FBI profiler, as she returns to her hometown Mount Chester. With her brother in jail after a bar fight and what looks like a serial killer on the loose targeting women, she is brought in to assist local detec With an opening chapter that would chill any mother to the bone I knew I was in for an intense read. The descriptive writing made it feel like I was in the cabin with Alison and Hazel, watching on in horror at what was sure to come. Then we are sat in the car with Special Agent Kay Sharp, an FBI profiler, as she returns to her hometown Mount Chester. With her brother in jail after a bar fight and what looks like a serial killer on the loose targeting women, she is brought in to assist local detective Elliot Young. I always go in to a series knowing that the characters will grow with you as the series progresses, but Kay felt so fleshed out I liked her straight away and I loved the developing relationship between her and Elliot. Her past was an interesting sub plot and not only did it show why she became the woman she is, it also gave a welcome breather from the intensity of the main plot line. This is dark and disturbing at times but shows a well researched insight in to profiling and catching serial killers. This serial killer in particular made me question the why more than I have previously, seeing how his mind works and his motivations. I can’t wait to read the next book and hope there are many more to come in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    This story grips you from the start and keeps you hanging on till the end. There is a lot of action, suspense, and tension throughout the whole book leading up to the ending. Kay Sharp is an FBI Special Agent and profiler experienced with serial killers. Her brother Jacob was sentenced to 6 months in jail for hitting another guy so Kay has come back home to protect the property. When the body of a woman is uncovered in a grave near Cuwar Lake Forest, Detective Elliot Young of the Franklin County This story grips you from the start and keeps you hanging on till the end. There is a lot of action, suspense, and tension throughout the whole book leading up to the ending. Kay Sharp is an FBI Special Agent and profiler experienced with serial killers. Her brother Jacob was sentenced to 6 months in jail for hitting another guy so Kay has come back home to protect the property. When the body of a woman is uncovered in a grave near Cuwar Lake Forest, Detective Elliot Young of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office asks for Kay’s help. Tension mounts as more bodies are found in the area. Kay’s experience with serial killers and Native American burial traditions lead her to figure out that the victims’ bodies were originally laid across some limbs in a tree and later removed to be buried in the ground. As she gets closer to figuring out who the killer is, he goes after her. I really enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to the next book in the series. Thanks for a great plot and interesting characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Failes

    Thank you to Bookouture, Leslie Wolfe and NetGalley for the advanced copy. Wow!!! A gripping read from start to finish. The first book of hopefully a long line of stories involving Detective Kay Sharpe!!!! Couldn’t put it down....now waiting impatiently for the next instalment

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. I liked Kay and Elliot alot. I hope we see more of them. This was a really good mystery.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    Gripping and absolutely thrilling. A pacy, fast paced addictive read from.an incredibly brilliant author. I was completely absorbed. Love this book and this author. Very highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    I saw this on Netgalley and requested it from the blurb and it’s as good as I hoped, Kay returns home after a long time and is drawn into a case involving the disappearance of several women. Despite the fact that it drags a bit now and again, the rest of the story was gripping which is why I gave it 5 stars instead of 4, it’s my first time reading anything by Leslie Wolfe and I’ll be checking out more of her books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.   Kay Sharpe is a FBI Profiler on leave to her childhood hometown in order to help her brother who is in jail.  Once there, she gets pulled in to assist a police investigation into a ritualistic murder.  As she gets closer and closer to finding the murderer, old secrets are unburied and Kay begins to wonder if she will be the next victim.  I was initially drawn to this book because a love a thriller whe Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.   Kay Sharpe is a FBI Profiler on leave to her childhood hometown in order to help her brother who is in jail.  Once there, she gets pulled in to assist a police investigation into a ritualistic murder.  As she gets closer and closer to finding the murderer, old secrets are unburied and Kay begins to wonder if she will be the next victim.  I was initially drawn to this book because a love a thriller where a person has moved back home and they get thrust into the middle of a mystery.  This book started out strongly, but I felt like it floundered a little near the end.   I had a difficult time believing how parts of the plot fit together.  Plus a lot of the characters didn't seem fully formed, or behaved in ways that were hard to understand.   This is probably an amazing book for other readers, but it just didn't work for me. 

  24. 4 out of 5

    T Olsen

    This book has a fantastic plot as a basis for a very well written story, and the characters are just great. I can't wait for the next one. This book has a fantastic plot as a basis for a very well written story, and the characters are just great. I can't wait for the next one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rosa

    More reviews at www.booksontour.net “Nothing but silence met her agony”. ----------------------- Can my past destroy my present? “The Girl from Silent Lake” plays with this premise. The book starts with a woman called Alison. A man has kidnapped her together with her little girl, Hazel. The man looks clean, his clothes are expensive, his manners educated. Damn, he even looks handsome…However his behaviour is quite out of the ordinary. He is braiding her hair! On the other hand, the police side, we More reviews at www.booksontour.net “Nothing but silence met her agony”. ----------------------- Can my past destroy my present? “The Girl from Silent Lake” plays with this premise. The book starts with a woman called Alison. A man has kidnapped her together with her little girl, Hazel. The man looks clean, his clothes are expensive, his manners educated. Damn, he even looks handsome…However his behaviour is quite out of the ordinary. He is braiding her hair! On the other hand, the police side, we meet Special Agent Kay Sharp who has quitted her FBI job as a very successful serial killer profiler to go back home in Mount Chester. The reason for such a big change in her life is because his little brother Jason is in prison for a street fight. Jason has been given quite a long sentence, which Kay thinks is just too much. There is something fishy…Furthermore, she has to take care of her family house while he is in prison, and keep it away from loiterers, especially the garden… However, she is not happy about the idea of returning home. Last time she was there was 10 years ago for her mother’s funeral. So she would have to deal with a lot of dark, sad memories she had better brushed under the carpet. However, Kay wants to help the local police as bodies of women start to appear buried in quite exceptional circumstances around Silent Lake. The bodies seem to follow some ritualistic method used for burials in various Native American tribes. THE STORY These are the two sides of the story. On one hand we have the point of view of the killer and the victims and on the other hand the point of view of law enforcement embodied in Detective Sharp and Detective Elliot Young from the Sheriff’s Office. It is quite heart-wrenching to read about the feelings of the victims, what they think and feel during the time they are tortured by the killer. In my opinion this gives a lot of credibility to the story and makes you feel at least a small percentage of the fear and the anger they must have experienced during those awful moments. Specially interesting is the fact that some of them have been kidnapped together with their sons and daughters. This gives a whole new dimension to the agony, because they don’t only feel for themselves but for their offspring. KAY SHARP & SERIAL KILLERS I think liking or not liking the main character is quite important when it comes to enjoy a book or not. For me, Detective Kay Sharp is a very attractive character. She is a very successful woman, very intelligent, and has a quite dark past. However, she tries very hard to hide this awful past as it would interfere tremendously which what she actually does for a living. If the incident that happened when she was a teenager were to come to light, her world would crumble. For this reason, she tries to keep herself separated from everyone, even from people she likes, like Detective Elliot Young. Furthermore, the author Leslie Wolfe gives us a lot of information about serial killers and how the profilers work to try to catch them. As a fan of true crime TV shows, I find it fascinating how these people try to gather together all the info they have to try to capture the killer. In the book there is quite a lot of information about profiling serial killers and I have learnt a lot with it. So the writer has really done a superb documentation job. FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT “THE GIRL FROM SILENT LAKE” I can say I recommend this book very much. The story line is not so quick as in other thrillers but this helps the book in my opinion. It gives you time to think about what is happening, about all the facts, and reach your own conclusion. The elements related to Native Americans are fascinating, as I don’t know much about them unfortunately. The fact that Kay has a very strong relation to a Native American family gives the story an added value. All the police procedure explanation, the forensic information and the serial killer profiling serve beautifully to finish up the story. Being able to learn about what motivates these people to do the things they do is something that has always interested me. Because of their brutality, I have always wondered what could have possibly gone wrong at one time in their life for them to commit those horrendous crimes. The question I always make myself is the following: Is someone born a serial killer or are the circumstances around that person solely responsible? I have found no answer for that… My only complain is the many detailed descriptions of the tortures applied to the victims. I found them sometimes hard to read and made me at times quite sick. Furthermore, another small complain is perhaps the fact that the main story line of “a female detective haunted by her past tries to catch sadistic killer” is not a novelty. We have all read a similar story for sure…That is the reason for my four stars. In addition, I want to mention the elegant style in which the book is written. Wolfe’s writing is very classy and although he is sometimes describing horrible things, the language he uses is very rich and tasteful. So, all things said, I will happily read the next instalments in the Detective Kay Sharp series. -------------------- Thanks to the publisher, Bookouture, the author Leslie Wolfe and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of “The Girl from Silent Lake” in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cath

    This is book one of the Detective Kay Sharp series and she has just left her job as a very successful Special Agent for the FBI, as a profiler, to return back to her home town which she has avoided returning to as soon as she was old enough to leave. Her childhood and that of her brother Jacob and their mother, was not a happy one and left very bad memories and scars behind. An event took place that has haunted her ever since and she has been pulled back to their family home, where her brother s This is book one of the Detective Kay Sharp series and she has just left her job as a very successful Special Agent for the FBI, as a profiler, to return back to her home town which she has avoided returning to as soon as she was old enough to leave. Her childhood and that of her brother Jacob and their mother, was not a happy one and left very bad memories and scars behind. An event took place that has haunted her ever since and she has been pulled back to their family home, where her brother still lives, after the news that a minor bar fight led to him being sentenced to six months in jail! She has to come and look after the house, before anyone comes and steals anything he has, or tries to ransack the family home. She is now back in the small town of Mount Chester and sees an article that rings a bell with her, of a woman’s body being found in the forest along Silent Lake. She goes to the crime scene to see what she could discover, but has no credentials now to take an official role in the case. When another woman, Alison Nolan and her eight year old daughter go missing and her rental car is found back at the airport with her suitcases and evidence of a child, the urgency to solve these cases becomes more important. Another body is found, with the same method of killing and her hair braided in a very particular manner with feather hair ties, reminiscent of the local Native American tribes. Kay already realises that this is a serial killer, who has obviously killed before and will continue to kill. He is very organised and highly skilled at avoiding leaving any forensic evidence behind. It was only by luck that the first body was found by a dog walker and Kay wrote to the local sheriff’s office to point out some facts, trying to get involved with the case. She gets a visit from Detective Elliot Young, of Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, with a copy of her unsigned letter, and eventually gets her to help as a consultant, but didn’t ask his boss the Sheriff first! He allows them a couple of days to solve the cases, but a search of the surrounding area uncovers more bodies and even more missing children. Time is running out for the latest victim and her daughter, leaving Kay and Elliot working around the clock chasing links, but without any of the top forensic testing and quick results Kay was used to while working with the FBI. The burial rituals show the killer has a knowledge of local Native Indian traditions, but he is mixing up both Pomoan and Shasta tribal traditions in how he processes the dead bodies before burial. Kay reasons that he is a local due to his knowledge of the area around the lake and how he is managing to get his victims and their cars removed without ever being seen by anyone! When the two of them start to get a bit too close to the killer and his previous victims, he lashes out and Kay is pulled off the case after evidence linked to her family is found with the latest victim, ruining her impartiality and reasons for wanting into solving the case. Her past may well be catching up with her and her brother, but know she sees some photos and reminders of her childhood, which leaves her realising she may become his next victim! With a child’s life at risk, as well as possibly more victims in the killer’s lair, she will do everything she can to confront the killer, once she believes she knows who it may be. This is a humdinger of a read, with lots of hidden family issues that lead to tragic events, then and in the future. Kay has a pivotal role in this storyline, with an unwilling role in the mind of the killer. I received an ARC copy of this book from the author, but ended up buying it as well, it is so enticing and well written. A very convoluted and complex serial killer storyline, with a determined female main character who isn’t afraid to put herself into the path of a killer, to save his latest prey. I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    Gripping - I couldn't stop listening I could not stop listening to this book and when I did have to I couldn't wait to get back to it, the writing is crisp, the plotline is so well thought out, it's gripping. It's so good but at the same time with such a dark subject you don't want to say you enjoyed it - was enthralled by it without a doubt, hooked into the plot and eager to find out what happened but definitely not a book to pick up for light relief! Detective Kay Sharp has just returned to her Gripping - I couldn't stop listening I could not stop listening to this book and when I did have to I couldn't wait to get back to it, the writing is crisp, the plotline is so well thought out, it's gripping. It's so good but at the same time with such a dark subject you don't want to say you enjoyed it - was enthralled by it without a doubt, hooked into the plot and eager to find out what happened but definitely not a book to pick up for light relief! Detective Kay Sharp has just returned to her home town of Mount Chester after resigning from her career as a Special Agent and Profiler for the FBI. She's not been back for years, never planned on coming back at all, but her brother Jacob has been sentenced to six months in jail after being involved in a bar fight, so to make sure the house she grew up in, Jacob's home isn't looted or damaged whilst it's empty she's taken up residence. Begrudgingly back in Mount Chester, she reads an article that strikes a chord, a woman’s body has been found in the forest near Silent Lake. Although she has no authority she visits the crime scene, maybe she can help in an unofficial capacity? But then another woman and her eight-year-old daughter go missing, could the cases be linked? When another body is found, with the same MO Kay realises that it's the work of a serial killer, a meticulous and highly skilled one who leaves no forensic evidence behind. The first body was only found by chance by a dog walker, Kay knew she could help so she wrote a letter pointing out some facts to the local sheriff’s office hoping to be allowed to assist with the case. Detective Elliot Young, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, makes contact and enlists her help as a Consultant, but without clearing this with his boss the Sheriff. Then a search of the surrounding area uncovers more bodies making the search for the missing woman and her daughter more urgent if they are to have a hope of finding them alive. There is so much more I could say about this book but that would involve spoilers which I refuse to do, what I can say is that this is a story that will have you thinking about it long after you have finished listening to the book. The characters are complex and well-drawn, the plot-line is full of intrigue and danger. It has many twists and turns, some of which I didn't see coming at all. It's the start of a new series, I just hope that the author can keep this standard going. The narration of this book by the super talented Gwendolyn Druyor is excellent as anyone who has listened to her has come to expect. I did read this book before listening to it but I have to say that Gwendolyn lifted it to a whole new level. I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda Galella

    Quick moving, tension filled NEW series that features a tough female profiler who’s confident, competent and isn’t trying to be “one of the boys” - Yay, for Kay Sharp, you go, Girl!!! “The Girl From Silent Lake” is a quick reading crime thriller; first in a new series, by seasoned mystery writer, Leslie Wolfe. Getting the background information on Kay was protracted a bit much for my liking, but it happened. Most of the other characters are fairly thin in their development which leaves Wolfe lots Quick moving, tension filled NEW series that features a tough female profiler who’s confident, competent and isn’t trying to be “one of the boys” - Yay, for Kay Sharp, you go, Girl!!! “The Girl From Silent Lake” is a quick reading crime thriller; first in a new series, by seasoned mystery writer, Leslie Wolfe. Getting the background information on Kay was protracted a bit much for my liking, but it happened. Most of the other characters are fairly thin in their development which leaves Wolfe lots of options for future volumes. There are some intriguing candidates - the Native American woman who raised Kay, the cop(s) she worked with, her brother, to name a few. Wolfe’s strongest aspect, IMO, is the psychological prose. Most books in this genre have limited prose and are full of inane dialogue, foul male speak and utter nonsense. That’s NOT the case here. We get to experience the tho’t processes of the characters, their motivations. It adds greatly to the overall tension and pace of the book. Then we have the REVEAL, the KICKER; call it what you will. I was taken by total surprise and that rarely happens. This is a good one and if there were clues or some kind of foreshadowing, I totally missed it! From that point to the end, I couldn’t go fast enough and I read over 2500 wpm normally; no telling what I was doing after! Because the book is leading to another volume, the final few pages are “eh” or predictable and that’s a bit of a let down after such a terrific high for so many pages. Honestly, it’s part of the author’s job, but I still don’t like it; maybe it needs to be separated into an epilogue or addendum or something other than the book proper? It’s a great book otherwise, in fact, I’m changing my rating from 4 to 5* after reading my own review! The book is further benefited by the author taking the high road with very spare use of soft expletives, (no f-bombs or Divine epithets), mild descriptive violence, (altho’ the tension is high), and no descriptive sexual encounters, (but there are instances of rape, incest, suggestions - limited detail). Thoroughly engrossing & entertaining psythrilystery, a great new female protagonist & GNARLY good twist📚

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Arnold

    Riveting read! I would have finished this one a lot faster if it hadn't been for so much going on in my life at the time of reading. I found myself thinking about getting back to it when I wasn't reading. Kay Sharp is a great character with a complex past. I found it interesting and intriguing how she profiled the killer. As a former FBI agent, life pulled her back to her hometown, to a past she wanted to forget, and a house she would probably prefer to see burned to ground. But family is obviou Riveting read! I would have finished this one a lot faster if it hadn't been for so much going on in my life at the time of reading. I found myself thinking about getting back to it when I wasn't reading. Kay Sharp is a great character with a complex past. I found it interesting and intriguing how she profiled the killer. As a former FBI agent, life pulled her back to her hometown, to a past she wanted to forget, and a house she would probably prefer to see burned to ground. But family is obviously important to Kay--namely her brother and her deceased mother. Her father? Well, there's a story there you'll need to discover for yourself by reading the book. With nothing much to do in a small, northern town of California, Kay finds herself writing the local sherrif's office with her thoughts about murders in the area. She never expected that a detective would show up at her door suspicious of her involvement. After all, he doesn't understand how she'd have all this understanding of a killer if she wasn't the one behind the deaths. But what is a rocky start, becomes a quick partnership between a cowboy detective who hails from Texas and a former FBI agent from San Francisco. There's intrigue, suspense, and danger. Maybe the unnecessary of putting oneself in harm's way toward the end...but that just had me screaming at the book and flipping the pages faster to get to the resolution. And speaking of "resolution," this book wrapped up quite nicely!  I hate it when you get to the end of a book and are like "ah, wait a minute, what about x?!" That wasn't the case with this one. Any loose ends were tied up making it a very satisifying read and Leslie Wolfe an author to look for. In fact, this book even delivered a bit of a warm and fuzzy ending, which one doesn't always get from a crime novel. But it actually left me curious about what Kay's future might become. I also wonder if there's going to be a romance developed in the future between Kay and the local detective Elliott. I received an advanced reading copy of this book for honest review. Thank you to the author, Bookouture, and NetGalley.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie Howard

    Oh wow, this is going to be another pulse pounding, edge of your seat series by this author and I can't wait for the next book. Once again Leslie has created a story that has you hooked from the start and wishing it was a paperback book so you could skip to the back to see what happens but at the same time wishing you weren't reading it so fast. The characters are so well developed that you care about what happens to them and I like the way that you learn a little bit more about them as the stor Oh wow, this is going to be another pulse pounding, edge of your seat series by this author and I can't wait for the next book. Once again Leslie has created a story that has you hooked from the start and wishing it was a paperback book so you could skip to the back to see what happens but at the same time wishing you weren't reading it so fast. The characters are so well developed that you care about what happens to them and I like the way that you learn a little bit more about them as the story unfolds, the secrets instead of making them weak only makes them more stronger and capable. The story is told from a number of perspectives from the hostage, to Kay the ex FBI agent and of course the unsub, giving you a well rounded story. The mystery was excellent and well thought out, with plenty of red herrings and twist. Everything you want from a thriller and a series I would recommend. I can't wait for the audio book. When Kay Sharp's brother is arrested and sent to jail, she gives up her FBI job to return to the place she swore she would never return to. But rather than help her brother get out of jail she finds her mind struggling over the dead body of a young woman found in the woods. As a profiler she know the signs and the big flashing warning signs are telling her that her small home town has a serial killer on there hands. Can she put her considerable knowledge to good use and help the locals find a killer before he kills again? Maybe if she can get them to trust her and believe there is one. Because a profile isn't going to help much when the killer knows how to hide the evidence and the bodies that start to turn up are so different. The clock is ticking and nobody knows it. I was given this free review copy book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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