Is she missing…or a murderer?
When Laura Chaucer, daughter of a U.S. senator, vanishes from her college campus, celebrated FBI profilers Special Agent Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy are called in. Thirteen years ago, Laura and her nanny disappeared from her family’s Denver home. Laura was found alive, but her nanny wasn’t so lucky… and the killer was never caught. Laura could identify him—if only she didn’t have a deep, dark hole in her memory.
Now she’s missing again. Did the troubled young woman run away or has the kidnapper returned? As women who look eerily similar to Laura’s nanny begin turning up dead, the Chaucer family psychiatrist renders a disturbing opinion: Laura is unstable, a danger to herself and others. Who knows what terrible secrets lurk in the shadowy recesses of her mind? Cassidy and Spenser must solve one of the most infamous cold cases ever to uncover the answer: Is Laura a killer, or is a monster still out there, waiting to claim another victim?
I am loving this series so much!! I'm only two books in and it has already become a fast favorite of mine. One of the reasons that I'm enjoying these books so much is because they are such page turners. With both books that I've read, I'm just been able to sink into the mystery from the very first page. These are books that I couldn't put down- and wouldn't want to even if I could. LOL! But seriously, I knew as soon as I read that description that I wanted to read this book. The idea of Laura having holes in her memory on what happened to her so long ago combined with the possibility that she is dangerous herself was something that I just couldn't resist. I'm such a sucker for books where you can't trust one of the characters. It is one of those things that will make me want to read a book instantly. I loved how the author used what happened so long ago and tied it into the present. The mystery had me guessing from the very beginning which is always a good thing. The best part though was even though I spent the majority of the book thinking that I had the killer figured out....I was completely wrong. I've got to say how much I love when that happens.
One of the other things that I really love about these books is the main characters of Caitlin Cassidy and Atticus Spenser. I love that with each book (at least the ones that I've read) we get to see their relationship grow and develop. They are a really great team and it is fun "watching" them work. With each book I find that I'm more and more invested in their characters and their relationship. I want to see everything work out the way that I want it too. I like that the author isn't afraid to put their relationship to the test at times even if it makes me nervous while reading. The ending of this book was really intense which is just the way I like it. I found myself reading this book in a matter of days because I just didn't want to stop. I loved the way that the story was set up from Laura's point of view at times and other times it was focused on Cassidy and Spencer's investigation. It worked out really well and this seemed to add to the tension that was present throughout the book.
Overall this was a really great read and I'm eager for more! I really, really need to go back and read the first two books in this series since I've loved books three and four so much. At least I have those two books to look forward to while I wait for the next book in this series to release. This author and this series has definitely jumped on to my favorites list so I can't recommend them enough! You obviously don't have to read the books in order because I sure haven't and I still love them. I do think that parts from previous investigations and books are referred to at times but since I haven't read them yet it doesn't really affect my enjoyment. I would recommend these books to both mystery and thriller fans alike. Highly, highly recommended!
Bottom Line: A great addition to one of my favorite mystery series!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher as part of a PICT book tour.