“Mommy, I’m scared.” Marlena’s precious boy lies with his little arm thrown over her thigh. It’s pitch-black, and she can hear seagulls. She realises they must be near water, and a new panic rises in her.
At 2 a.m. one icy winter morning, in the smart suburbs of Jefferson County, local father Ben Parker reports his wife Marlena and their little boy missing.
Rushing to the impressive family home, Detective Megan Carpenter finds the halls adorned with pictures of the beautiful, stay-at-home mom and their bright-eyed son. But that’s not all she finds…
A bottle of prenatal vitamins in the bathroom cabinet reveal that Marlena is pregnant. Why didn’t Ben mention this in his panicked call to the police?
Digging deeper into their seemingly perfect marriage, Megan’s fear begins to grow. The couple are separated, there’s talk of an affair, and the neighbors report loud fights. And then, Megan tracks a young woman believed to be Ben’s secret girlfriend, only to find her lifeless body in a secluded wood.
Ben’s watch lies in the undergrowth, and Megan’s team think she’s cracked the case, but she’s sure something’s not right. Ben’s family has wealth including a private island, and connections in high places. Is someone trying to block their investigation?
As Megan starts to wonder if the answer lies on the Parkers’ closely guarded island, just offshore, a shocking revelation makes her question everything. With a killer on the loose, can Megan find the missing pieces to the most complex case of her career and bring Marlena and her little boy home alive? Or will it be too late to save them?
A totally edge-of-your-seat mystery thriller that will have you racing to the end, from a number one, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Michael Connelly and James Patterson.
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‘I loved the main character Megan and found her believable with her little quirks and attitude and while reading you hear her listen to tapes and realise there’s a second story unfolding about her past that is equally compelling. An engaging action-packed crime thriller that kept me turning the pages and guessing right to the end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I love Megan Carpenter!!... Megan is tough, flawed, so so so smart, and wickedly funny. The mystery is solid and strong... It's a wonderful book that I could not put down.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Megan is one ballsy detective…I love this character and this author's storytelling which kept me reading late into the night. This series just keeps getting better and better and has definitely left me wanting more. A well deserved five stars and a fantastic addition to a gripping and very addictive series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Megan Carpenter is one tough cookie...I just love the way the author has created her character. I just cannot resist opening my heart to her. The author has a great writing style that makes it impossible to put the book down. He also adds some humour in it.’ B for Bookreview, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow, I absolutely loved this book! Gregg Olsen is an amazing author… I really liked Detective Megan Carpenter, she is a strong and intelligent woman and a cracking police officer. Can't wait for the next book in this series… thrilling and creepy and it grabs your attention right away. Highly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐