This is a good mystery/thriller that is a quick and easy read. Sam sustained a serious head injury in Afghanistan and is suffering from severe PTSD. He gets a job as a bar back in a club and is trying to deal with his injury and repair his failing marriage. One night Sam shelters his co-worker Melody who was beaten by her boyfriend. When the boyfriend turns up dead the next day, both Sam and Melody are suspects.
LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan’s brother was recently killed overseas and is sympathetic to Sam and doesn’t see him as a killer. Her partner disagrees. In addition to this murder, another detective is trying to catch a serial killer that is murdering young women. Events continue to get worse for Sam and Melody, and everyone wants the killers caught.
I don’t know much about head injuries and PTSD, but it appears the author did their homework and does a good job of depicting Sam’s symptoms and treatment. The author goes into quite a bit of detail, and it’s just as big a part of the book as the mystery.
There are a few twists in the book, although I was able to figure out a few of them early on. It was still good to read how the author gets there, so it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book. There are a few random events that seemed to just be thrown in, and you have to suspend disbelief for a few things, but overall, it was a fun book to read.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All opinions expressed in this review are mine.
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