TO BE RELEASED: December 27, 2016
Haley Cooke has been missing for one month. Her boyfriend, Jordan dropped her off at cheerleading practice and she hasn’t been seen since. She walked into the school to get changed for practice but never came out….
How do you walk into a school and disappear without ANYONE seeing?
The book opens as Linda Warner is searching her daughter’s bedroom. She wants to see if she can find something the police might have missed. Linda still clings to the hope that her daughter is out there somewhere. Every day she goes to the police station for an update, she talks to news people to keep Haley’s name and face in the news, uses social media to help reach as many people as she possibly can.
After a long day, exhausted from searching she slides to the floor clutching her daughters sweatshirt to her, smelling it to see if there is any scent of her daughter left on it. At that moment something by the bed catches her eye. A black notebook. The police must have missed it. She opens it and sees her daughter’s handwriting with the words…
“If you’re reading this, I’m already dead”
Haley is a nice girl and a straight A student. She has a close relationship with her mother but does sometimes clash with her stepfather, Pete who has only been around for a few years. She has good friends, including her best friend, Marissa. Haley has also been dating an older college guy, Jordan. By all accounts Haley doesn’t have any enemies, and certainly no one would ever want to hurt her.
But rumours abound and it looks like everything may not be what it seems. Her mother insists that Haley would never run away but her biological father, Bill thinks she ran away to get away from her mom and stepfather.
People are keeping secrets, it even seems like someone close to the investigation has something to hide. Is one of these secrets the reason for Haley’s disappearance?
FBI profiler, Evelyn Baine is called in to help and will be working with a detective on Haley’s case. Evelyn has been dating Kyle McKenzie for the last six months. They both work for the FBI. Evelyn is a profiler with the Behavioral Analysis Unit. Kyle was working for the Hostage Rescue Team but was shot in the line of duty and is now working in the field office. While Evelyn is helping with the Haley Cooke case, Kyle is working a possible human trafficking case. A university student was attacked and left for dead but miraculously survived. But she doesn’t want to speak with police. Instead, she specifically asks to speak with the FBI….
There is a lot going on in this book but it is an interesting read. I didn’t realize that it was part of a series before I started reading it (this has happened to me before but is my fault for not looking closer). However, it actually worked out very well as a stand-alone.
It was very suspenseful and the story-line was great. There were a few times I thought that things felt a bit implausible, but overall it was a good story with really interesting characters. The characters were well-developed and although I felt a few lacked depth, I think in most cases those characters were probably fleshed out in the previous books in the series.
I definitely want to continue with this series as I really enjoyed the story and want to see what happens next for these characters.
Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin (MIRA), and Elizabeth Reiter for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.