Two hikers discover human bones in the mountains of Georgia that are later determined to be a missing person that FBI Supervisor Special Agent Kimberly Quincy handled. Because of the location, Kimberly thinks there’s a possibility of a connection to Jacob Ness, the notorious abductor of Flora Dane and who’s suspected of having murdered other women and hid out in a property somewhere in Georgia. She and her fellow task force partner, Detective D. D. Warren collect their team, which includes Flora and true crime expert Kevin Edgar, and head for Georgia. When they arrive at the surrounding town, it’s immediately clear that its Southern charm is just a veneer for something more sinister.
The story is told from the points of view of Kimberly, D. D., Flora and a young mute girl they call Bonita who they find at the home of the town’s mayor. It was fascinating to get the contrasts between the four, one who’s on the inside of the mystery and the others who approach the investigation very differently but equally focused. From the onset, I kind of knew the what but was missing the how, why and whom. I became suspicious of everybody in that town whether they deserved it or not because of the varying perspectives. But somehow, it all worked because all four narratives were reliable, even Flora’s as she is most honest with herself even when she’s going into the dark.
I was skeptical about these three being able to work together harmoniously but it was akin to a well performing orchestra in reality. They focused on their specific assignments, which played to their individual strengths, and communicated really well. It made for an exciting story that moved pretty quickly. Little Bonita added a mystical element as she had a special connection to her dead mother, or at least believed so. Things came together astoundingly and a bit messy, which seemed as right as these three being a cohesive team. I’ve said this with every book but it bears repeating, Kirsten Potter is masterful at narrating these stories and I love her voice for D. D. I’m so glad I chose to listen to the series and will continue if any more books are added. I’ve enjoyed my journey alongside D. D. Warren as she’s grown in maturity and dimension. Hate that I’ve reached the end.
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Series: Detective D. D. Warren #10
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Audio Length: 10 hours, 55 minutes