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Fascinating #CrimeThriller – Beneath Blackwater River by Leslie Wolfe

Title: Beneath Blackwater River 

Series: Detective Kay Sharp #2    

Author: Leslie Wolfe 

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Day – 23/04/2021  

Pages: 354

Rating: 5*

My Review:

This well paced, enthralling crime thriller starts with a date the couple will never forget – one in an idyllic, isolated location where he starts to propose just before she starts to scream…. They have inadvertently discovered the body of a murdered young girl.

Kay Sharp, a doctor who worked as a member of the San Francisco FBI field office, has moved back to her hometown of Mount Chester where she is working for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department as a detective. She and her new partner, Deputy Elliot Young, are called to investigate the murder. However, nothing is straightforward in this investigation.

There are links to the past, secrets to uncover, a kidnapping, a runaway to be found as well as a serial killer and other unexpected perpetrators to be discovered. It really is a gripping page turner, another fascinating, twisted story which keeps you engrossed till the very end. It is a great addition to this crime thriller series and I can’t wait to read more featuring Kay Sharp in future.

Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.


She looked alive, her hair drifting freely in the water, her red lips gently parted, as if to let her final breath escape. A small locket floated by her face, attached to her neck with a silver chain…

When Detective Kay Sharp first left Mount Chester—population 3,823—in her rear-view mirror, she promised never to look back. The town only contained bad memories and dark secrets. But when a brutal crime surfaces, she finds herself home once more, and this time she’s not going anywhere.

Kay is called to Blackwater River, where the body of a seventeen-year-old girl has been found. Surrounded by snowy peaks and a forest alive with the colors of fall, the victim floats in the water, a hand-carved locket around her neck.

The locket seems strangely familiar. Digging into cold cases, Kay discovers that three-year-old Rose Harrelson was wearing it when she vanished fourteen years ago. In the middle of the night, the little girl’s bedroom—with Mickey Mouse on the wall and a hanging baby mobile—was suddenly empty. The unsolved case still haunts the town.

But the teenager they have found has been dead for only a few hours. If the girl in the river is Rose, where has she been? Who has been hiding her all these years? Kay knows she must solve the kidnapping in order to untangle the mystery of the dead body.

Then Kay receives a shocking call. The dead girl has been identified—and she’s not Rose. So why is she wearing the locket, and what happened to the missing child from all those years ago? As Kay unearths a web of lies and deceit spun for decades, the close-knit community will never be the same. And Kay will find herself facing a truly terrifying killer…

A totally gripping page-turner that should come with a health warning! Be warned: you’ll lose sleep and your heart will race like crazy as you read twist after twist. Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot.




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Author Bio:

Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology.

Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first-person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.

Leslie enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from you.

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One comment on “Fascinating #CrimeThriller – Beneath Blackwater River by Leslie Wolfe

  1. Carla
    April 29, 2021

    This sounds like a good series, Elaine. Great review. Another that I have to play catch up on.


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