Rory Moore is a forensic reconstructionist (I’d never heard of that, either) working with local Chicago law enforcement on a contract basis, specializing in cold cases. When her father, a defense attorney, suddenly dies, Rory has to settle his affairs, including the disposition of his client cases. She’s able to successfully refer all but one and it’s controversial. As she’s also a licensed attorney, she’s forced to take it over and it opens the door to a 40-year old cold case mystery that reveals secrets that are explosive.
The story also includes the point of view of Angela Mitchell, a woman who had privately assembled clues and evidence that pointed to the perpetrator. After turning over her work, she inexplicably disappeared. Now the man convicted of her murder is being paroled and Rory is in the thick of it.
That’s all I’m going to say regarding the story details other than I really liked that the two women featured as the main characters are on the autism spectrum. The more I learn about that the more it becomes normalized in my own mind. I could identify with their underlying feelings and appreciate the differences in outward reactions and coping mechanisms. The mystery is utterly fascinating and while I figured a lot of it out before the reveals, there were a host of surprises, turns and twist to keep me riveted. Donlea has become one of my auto read authors and I confess I began this book in the blind. The narrator, Nina Alvamar, gave another strong performance, managing all characters with excellent distinction and showing her typically great storytelling skills. This was a winner on many levels.
- Release Date: August 15, 2019
- Narrator: Nina Alvamar
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 8 minutes
- Publisher: Recorded Books
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(Thanks to Recorded Books for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)