CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): This thriller was intended to challenge you – is it an unfathomable loss or an unthinkable crime?
FACTS: This is book #2 in Hoag’s Broussard and Fourcade series. The book opens with the brutal murder of a young boy. Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard are deputies with the Pontout Parish Sheriff’s Deparment. Fourcade is called to the murder scene. “What he was about to see would change him. The dead always did that. What lingered of their souls grabbed hold and tore away a little piece of him, never to be recovered.” The investigation takes a strange twist when facts from the past come to light and more children disappear. Are the disappearances related? Who is responsible?
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. Unexpected twists and turns will keep you engaged until the end.