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Title: Her Perfect Bones
Series: Rockwell and Decker #2
Author: Ellery Kane
Publication Day: Feb 16th 2021
This is a brilliant mix of genres, an engaging family drama, contemporary crime thriller, police procedural and suspense filled potential romance in which Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell and Homicide Detective Will Decker investigate the murder of a pregnant teenager whose mummified body has been discovered. It is the second in the series featuring these two and set in and around Fog Harbor, California. The author does remind readers of events from the first book which impinge on this one so it isn’t essential to have read that book before this one – but I’d still recommend doing so.
The story has a surprising plethora of threads running through it, initially seemingly disparate but they gradually get woven together, connecting up to create a vivid tapestry portraying events from the past and present. It is a real page turner that had me enthralled throughout, though I was surprised some of the loose threads from the previous book, Watch Her Vanish, are still unconnected – I hope they’ll be resolved in future books in this series. During the story, there are so many family dramas, including those for both main characters which reveal surprising links that neither had been aware of and their mutual attraction continues to grow but you need to read the book for yourself to discover if they actually acknowledge it! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading more by this author and in this series in future.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
The girl’s body is curled up like a shell and almost completely buried in sand. Only her fingertips can be seen, reaching helplessly up towards an escape she will never find…
Seventeen-year-old Shelby Mayfield sits alone on a bus to Fog Harbor, California. Aside from a few items of clothing, all she has with her is twenty-two dollars, the ragdoll she’s kept since kindergarten, and the devastating secret she’s been hiding.
How long will it be before her family realizes she’s gone?
Can anyone see the fresh bruise on her cheek beneath the makeup?
Perhaps she was a fool to believe the person she is meeting in this remote little town could help her…
When a girl’s body is found hidden in a barrel in a woodland cabin, the local police are at a loss. The film from an old camera found looped around her neck is their only lead, but Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell’s blood turns to ice when she recognizes the ragdoll in one of the girl’s last photographs. She used to own one just like it, and it can only mean one thing: if she doesn’t dig deep into the mind of a deadly killer from her past—her own father—more innocent lives will be in danger…
A totally gripping and utterly addictive crime thriller for readers who love Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh. But be warned: you’ll be sleeping with the lights on after you’ve raced through the pages in one sitting!
Forensic psychologist by day, author by night, Ellery Kane has been writing professionally and creatively for as long as she can remember. Real life really is stranger than fiction, so Ellery’s writing is often inspired by her day job. Before writing the Rockwell and Decker series with Bookouture, Ellery published the Legacy series for young adult readers and the Doctors of Darkness series of psychological thrillers. She was previously selected as one of ten semi-finalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition. A Texan at heart, Ellery currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.