It’s the worst kind of call for law enforcement to receive. It comes from one of their own, a Massachusetts state trooper who’s been involved in a shooting in her own home and her six-year old daughter is missing. Trooper Tessa Leone sits battered on her kitchen floor with her husband lying dead nearby, killed by bullets that came from her gun. Massachusetts State Detective Bobby Dodge immediately contacts Boston Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren when he arrives on scene. The more they investigate, the more facts just don’t seem to add up properly.
This story is told from two points of view, Tessa’s and D. D.’s, and they couldn’t be more disparate in perspective, even though the makeup of these two women couldn’t be more similar. They’re both in positions dominated by men and mentally tough. Both are also good at what they do. Some of the best and worst moments are when these two square off. We can see their truths from the sidelines but neither trust each other to even come close to seeing what we see.
It took a while for Tessa’s story to unravel and get the truth behind the outcome of what happened at her house, how her husband ended up dead and her daughter just gone. The tension created by Sophie’s disappearance was always in the background throughout the story. And, it didn’t help that D. D. Warren’s judgment was often clouded by her own baggage, playing hardball when she could have been more effective by getting out of her own way. It’s always two steps forward and three backward for her professionally and personally.
The two narrators delivered outstanding performances. Kirsten Potter is now permanently in my head as the voice of D. D. Warren. I’m glad multiple narrators were used as it really helped distinguish tricky transitions. I’m also grateful I opted to listen to this series as the story was impossible to put down. I absolutely had to know if Sophie was alive and what happened in that kitchen. The ending delivered on the promise of the beginning and this ranks as my favorite to date, even though I’m even more frustrated by Warren.
- Release Date: March 8, 2011
- Series: Detective D. D. Warren #5
- Narrators: Kirsten Potter & Katie MacNichol
- Audio Length: 12 hours, 5 minutes
- Publisher: Random House Audio