Bree Taggert is a Philadelphia homicide detective who has worked hard to overcome her tragic past. When she was eight years old, she witnessed her parents murder-suicide and was separated from her two younger siblings, Erin and Adam. They still live in their hometown of Grey’s Hollow, New York and though she’s not especially close to them, Bree still maintains a strong bond with them. After receiving a troubling message from Erin, Bree rushes back home only to find that her sister has been murdered and her husband has vanished, becoming the prime suspect. With the help of local law enforcement and Matt Flynn, a former Sheriff’s deputy and K-9 handler who is also her brother-in-law’s friend, Bree proceeds to search answers and the identity of the killer.
I was hooked from the onset as the horrific events from Bree’s childhood is recounted. Her return to Grey’s Hollow is tough for her as all those memories from that time resurface. Erin also has two children that Bree’s now responsible for as well. The case was puzzling and Bree has her hands full as she deals with her own grief and that of her niece and nephew. She and Matt work well together and both of them cooperate with the chief deputy sheriff who is also the acting sheriff.
There are loose connections to the Morgan Dane and Scarlet Falls series and though it’s not necessary to have read those stories, I liked experiencing that familiarity with the town and some of the characters. I also liked Bree who is a complex woman and is definitely shaped by what happened in her childhood. She’s strong willed, smart and talented. It’s also clear that Matt Flynn will be an important person in her life beyond their investigative teamwork. I listened to the story and enjoyed the narrator. She’s a good storyteller and gave distinction to the primary characters. The ending was exciting and I liked the direction Bree’s life is now taking. I will definitely continue this series.
- Release Date: March 17, 2020
- Series: Bree Taggert #1
- Narrator: Christina Traister
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 9 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio