Phone calls before dawn are never good news. And when you’re the county’s prosecuting attorney, calls from the sheriff are rarely good news, either. So when Bell Elkins picks up the phone she already knows she won’t like what she’s about to hear, but she’s still not prepared for this: 16-year-old Lucinda Trimble’s body has been found at the bottom of Bitter River. And Lucinda didn't drown—she was dead before her body ever hit the water.
With a case like that, Bell knows the coming weeks are going to be tough. But that’s not all Bell is coping with these days. Her daughter is now living with Bell’s ex-husband, hours away. Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, one of Bell’s closest friends, is behaving oddly. Furthermore, a face from her past has resurfaced for reasons Bell can’t quite figure. Searching for the truth, both behind Lucinda’s murder and behind her own complicated relationships, will lead Bell down a path that might put her very life at risk.
I started this book not knowing it was a part of a series but being glad when I found out it was.
Bell Elkins lives in a small town and is the DA (watch Law and Order). As mentioned above, a 16 year old girl is killed and it's up to Bell and the Sheriff to find out who committed the murder.
The story has just the right amount of suspense and shocking moments to keep you entertained whilst keeping the story moving. I really appreciated reading from Bell's perspective, especially as a lot of the stories I read have younger personalities - between being a woman, a mother and an attorney, Bell has had more than enough time to find her inner (and outer) voice and that's refreshing.
The two crimes had me guessing right until the very end and I was surprised by the conclusion. Overall, I would say this was a highly enjoyable book and I'm happy to know I can enter Bell's mind for a new case.
Thanks to bookbridgr and Headline for sending me this book!
Recommend to: fans of Robert Galbraith, fans of crime/mystery
Rating: 3.5 stars