My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Private investigator Roxane (one N) Weary finds things for a living.
“Objects. People. Answers. Whatever needs to be found.”
And she’s VERY good at it
She gets a call from a woman, Danielle Stockton who tells Roxane that she needs her help. Roxane asks her what she needs to find.
“The girl who can get my brother off death row.”
Danielle’s brother, Brad Stockton was convicted of murdering his girlfriend’s mother and father 15 years ago. That same night his girlfriend 17-year-old Sarah Cook disappeared. Most people believe that he also killed Sarah and that her body just hasn’t been found.
Apparently this was an open and shut case with evidence pointing directly to Brad Stockton. At the time Brad was no real help to himself. When others asked him if he thought Sarah could have done it, he refused to consider the idea even though it may have helped him with his own case.
So why is his sister looking for Roxane’s help now?
Her brother is due to be executed in just a few weeks and she will do anything she can help him. This includes spending money she doesn’t really have hiring Roxane. What’s more, Danielle believes she saw Sarah Cook recently. The sighting seems unbelievable considering there has been no other sightings in the last 15 years.
Is Danielle imagining things or is it actually possible that she saw Sarah?
Is it possible that Brad Stockton is innocent? And if he is who is the real killer?
Even Roxane thinks he’s probably guilty. But she takes the case as she needs the money. It’s been nine months since her father passed away. Frank Weary was a cop for 38 years and was killed in the line of duty. We learn more about her relationship with her father, brothers and mother. She knew her father didn’t really approve of her line of work and she often felt off-kilter in her relationship with him.
Roxane’s also having a tough time in the relationship department.
With everything going on the bottle is beginning to become too good of a friend…
Roxane has her issues but she also has determination, a big heart, and she really is damn good at what she does.
Then she starts to see some connections between Sarah Cook and a couple of other cases, one of which her father had worked on. When another local girl goes missing, Roxane becomes even more determined to figure out what is going on, even if it means putting herself in danger.
But is it too late for Brad and Danielle Stockton? And why are some people so insistent that Roxane stop hanging around and asking questions?
It took me a little while to get into the story and I had some confusion when the other cases were introduced. I found it hard keeping everyone straight. But after a while it all started to flow pretty well. The last few chapters of the book were especially intense and exciting. I felt like I was holding my breath at times.
Overall, this was a solid, entertaining, and exciting read that I was quick to devour. And if the #1 after the title is anything to go on, it looks like we may be hearing more from PI Roxane Weary. I am looking forward to it.
Thank you Minotaur Books and Kristen Lepionka for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.