Mystery novels are my favorite genre, and I'm always happy to discover a good, new-to-me mystery writer. This is my first Linda Berry read, and it exceeded all my expectations. The plot is ingenious, the pacing consistent, and the writing is deft. There are never any moments when the characters get caught going in circles, or the plot drags, as is unfortunately all too common with mysteries. The main characters are fully three-dimensional, and Berry's straightforward writing includes just enough metaphor and reflection to add artistry without ever encroaching on the sentimental. Berry's authentic depiction of the politics and inner workings of the SFPD are indicative of either first-hand experience, diligent research, or both. Highly recommend.
Officer Starkley and her partner Steve take on a case where a serial rapist is on the loose. Time is of the essence as more young girls may become victims. Officer Starkley soon finds out the danger is closer than expected. She and her daughter become targets and Officer Starkley continues her relentless pursuit, even though she may pay for it with her life. An excellent read as the author provides the reader with unexpected plot twists as nothing is as it seems.
I could not put it down, had to finish it that day! Linda's writing style is very smooth and easy-to-read, and I found myself caring very much about the characters. By the end of the book, several of them were people I wanted to have lunch with, and I was rooting for them to be successful in finding the criminals, and in finding love. For me, policemen and firefighters are true heroes, and I was pleased to see that, while not perfect, they were also heroes in this novel. I felt that it was a reasonably authentic picture of how a case might be handled, and, for me, it had just the right amount of grisly details to make the story thrilling without being overdone. Next on my list are Hidden 1 and Hidden 2!
I haven't read a page-turner that scared me as much as this one did! Loved it!!! I really enjoyed the intense nature of the story and could not put it down once I started reading. I actually was afraid to turn the page...but couldn't help myself. Now that's a good read!