Attorney Morgan Dane is a widow with three young girls who is finally deciding to emerge following the death of her husband. It’s been a year and she’s ready to get on with her life and is considering a job as assistant district attorney in Scarlet Falls. Before she has a chance to decide, she’s asked by her former babysitter’s grandmother to help find her. Morgan gets former police officer Lance Kruger, now a private investigator, to assist her and together they find Tessa Palmer, brutally murdered. When her neighbor’s son Nick is arrested for the crime, Morgan volunteers to represent him as she’s convinced of his innocence.
The story begins from Tessa’s point of view as she’s being pursued by her killer so needless to say, I got hooked immediately and found it difficult to stop listening. We’re given small clues right from the beginning but not enough to deduce the killer. Morgan’s decision to represent Nick is not without consequence as the community believes he’s guilty and turns against her. It was interesting to witness the fragility of long standing relationships in these type situations when the public at large renders a verdict before the trial has even started. I was happy to see Lance again from the Scarlet Falls series and his and Morgan’s burgeoning romance is on low simmer. That’s refreshing as so often there’s an instalove rush but not here. Much time is being given as both of them have baggage to shed.
The rest of the story lived up to the promise of the prologue as the pace was rapid, the investigation compelling and the action exciting. I must admit to being caught flatfooted in figuring out the identity of the killer but also really didn’t care because the story was more engaging than my desire to deduce the villain (an anomaly for me!). The secondary characters were equally interesting and added texture to the story. This series is a spinoff of Scarlet Falls and while it stands alone very well, i benefitted by knowing a lot about Lance, the town and some other characters. You’ll enjoy this no matter but for die hards like me that are diligent about character development and reading in order, it’s something to consider. I chose to listen to the book and Cris Dukeheart delivered a strong performance. I’m committed to this format for the rest of the series with the same narrator.
- Release Date: May 16, 2017
- Series: Morgan Dane #1
- Narrator: Cris Dukeheart
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 50 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio