3 stars

An “ok” mystery/thriller.

This book was just ok for me. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but there was enough information in this book for me to understand what was going on and the main story line is a stand alone mystery. The book was well-written, but I didn’t like the format. It’s a mystery/thriller, but we find out early on who the killer is and why. The rest of the book is just reading how the detectives figure it out.

During an outing on a beautiful lake, a father and son discover the corpse of a young girl inside a cave they are exploring. The police search the cave and find the bodies of 5 more girls, all in varying stages of decomposition. The lead detective, Rick McCoy of the Major Crime Squad, is assigned to investigate. He asks for the help of criminal psychologist, Patricia Holmes, to help profile the killer because they previously worked together to catch a serial killer (which is the subject of the first book).

An annoying side story in the book was the attraction between Rick and Patricia. A lot of the book was devoted to Rick’s inner turmoil about whether he should try to work on his failing marriage or have an affair with Pat. I did not care for this and felt that it really detracted from the story. Pick a lane – either write a romance novel or a mystery, but not a hybrid of the two.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.