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Title: Water’s Edge
Series: Detective Megan Carpenter #2
Author: Gregg Olsen
The first book in this series, Snow Creek, was an amazing 5* read for me so when I discovered this was available I just couldn’t resist – and I’m so glad I didn’t! Much to her chagrin, Detective Megan Carpenter has been landed with a rookie Deputy, Ronnie Marsh and, not only that, but their first case involves the murder of a young red haired woman who has been physically and sexually abused before being deliberately laid out with an unusual symbol scratched onto a nearby rock. Their investigations show this is the third in a series of murders, now the race is on to find the perpetrator(s) before there are any more victims…..
Add into the mix that someone who knows Megan’s past appears to be stalking her. . . Is her past going to threaten her future? As the two close in on the serial killer, they need to protect themselves to ensure they don’t become the next victims . . .
You aren’t quite sure what happened to Megan in the past but those events are slowly being revealed as the story progresses as she listens to recordings made years ago. The whole story is a complex tapestry of events from the past and present, skilfully interwoven to create an enthralling page turner that, like the first in this series, I didn’t want to put down until I’d finished it. There are times when you think you know who has done what but get ready for many surprising twists and turns to throw you off balance and keep you guessing. It is another brilliant read from this talented author and I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys reading this genre and I can’t wait to read more from this series in future – I really want to know what happens with her brother!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and discovering what a fascinating read it is!
The young woman’s body is lying with her arms stretched out to each side. Her lips slightly parted. Her face untouched by injury and her hair spread around her head like a fan. A redhead. Just like the others.
When the body of Leann Truitt is found in a secluded cove in Mystery Bay, Detective Megan Carpenter is one of the first on the scene. The victim has tell-tale marks on her wrists, ankles and neck where she has been bound. But that’s not all. Next to Leann’s body lies a puzzling clue – an unusual symbol scratched into a rock.
With rookie Deputy Ronnie Marsh under her wing and the investigation underway, Megan starts to receive disturbing messages. Someone knows about her traumatic past. They know what she did.
Determined to stay focussed, Megan soon makes a chilling link between Leann’s brutal killing and the unsolved murder cases of two other women – all redheads with the same marks on their bodies, the same symbol carvings found at the crime scenes, and most shockingly, all had been pregnant.
The killer stalks his prey, kidnapping and torturing them in a very exact and methodical pattern. And he is not finished yet…
When the body of another woman is found bearing a striking resemblance to the other victims, Megan must crack the clues fast if she is to catch the twisted soul before they strike again.
Megan might be closing in on the killer, but someone is watching her every move. Can Megan hide the secrets of her past threatening to destroy her future? And can she protect herself and Ronnie before they both find themselves in terrible danger?
An addictive, gripping and completely unputdownable crime thriller from the Number One New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon Chart bestselling author.
A #1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, seventeen novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel.
The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture.
Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).
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