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It’s a night of fun and entertainment for a high school play. The lead has lost herself in getting prepared for months. Then her parents are called away. They work for the city police and medical examiner. Death calls to them, leaving their daughter behind among all her friends. The death that calls them is a schoolmate of their daughters and lives in their neighborhood. It’s not a pretty death. Then their daughter turns up missing. How is she involved? Is she a victim? She once told her mother that her job always took precedent. Her mother would only care when she was dead. Had it been a premonition?
Hannah Morrissey takes the reader not just into a mystery but into a family and a community. Families aren’t perfect, and things can get tough as families go through each day. In this story, the reader is taken into homes and relationships as each character faces the fact that a killer is in their community and could be coming after them next. Yes, there is a killer but the story goes into the souls of several characters who are more important to the story than they realize.
The story moves from different points of view: the mother of the missing girl, the father, and a neighbor. By revealing the story through three different sets of eyes, the author draws the reader deep within their lives and exposes their innermost emotions which are crucial to their actions and words. It also helps in leading the reader to specific conclusions though they might not all be legit. I found myself trying to guess who the killer really was and figured out just sentences before the killer was revealed. Very frustrating but in a pleasing way. Mysteries that can keep me guessing are the best kind.
An entertaining read that will have you invested in the characters and the events. I felt as though I was part of the Black Harbor community and feeling the pain of the residents as they watched death creep up on the innocents. If you like mysteries that are more than just a who-dun-it but give the readers characters to invest in, this is a story you need to check out. Entertaining and intense at the same time.
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