A little boy has seen a horrific murder but is too traumatized to speak. Detective Kerri Blasco struggles to connect with him…
Charlie Sparkes peeks out to see his mother and another young woman brutally shot. Hysterical, the brave child bolts into the cold November night for help. He screams and cries, only to fall into more trauma.
Homicide Detective Kerri Blasco is called to the murder scene. One woman lies dead next to the blood soaked rug where Rachel Sparkes was seriously wounded. With little memory of the attack, she has been taken to the hospital – but where is her child? He too, Kerri discovers, now lies in a hospital bed, mute and traumatized in a fetal position, refusing even food and water.
Charlie must have seen what happened. Kerri’s heart aches for this piteous little boy and she struggles to help him; struggles, too to find the monster who did this horrible crime. “It’s your kind of case,” Sergeant Alex Brand, Kerri’s boss and partner tells her, stepping up police urgency when another innocent is shot, and then another.
Kerri Blasco finds herself more emotionally obsessed with this case than with any other, despite clear and onrushing danger to herself…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
It was such a heavy burden to put on the shoulders of a little boy but it was the only way that Charlie Sparkes’ mum, Rachel, would have any chance to survive and give her son a good enough reason to leave her. She had to get him out of the flat quickly. Her friend was already a fatality of the man wearing a ski mask and she had been shot. RUN, she had told him, get help and so Charlie ran, adrenaline giving him the courage and speed to get somewhere and call for help. The only place that Charlie was running that night was into the arms of even more trouble.
Detective Kerri Blasco and her partner Sergeant Alex Brand are first on the scene at the shooting. Rachel, Charlie’s mum, is swiftly taken to hospital where Charlie eventually ends up too. The race is on to discover who his intended victim was, was it Rachel’s flat mate or her and had Charlie somehow got a look at the man in the ski mask?
Charlie is a wreck, a child so traumatized by the night’s events that he has disappeared into his own little world not wanting to be a part of scenes his little mind can not possibly cope with. It is through Kerri, Alex and one of the doctors that trust has to be rebuilt again if this killer is ever going to be caught. Now there has been some real heart pounding moments so far but the pace slows. The police procedural side of investigating takes over. Not that the action has finished by any means so keep your running shoes on.
I don’t think that even the most hardened detective can not be moved when such a violent crime involves a child and Joyce Schneider just captures that perfect balance. It is a mix of using good detective work and building trust with little Charlie, to find the key to break through to him, if this killer is to be caught. This is a real edgy read that I tried to solve before the end but alas my detectives skills were lacking. A super book and really loving getting to know more of the gentler side of some of the main characters in the series. Although part of a series the book can be read as stand alone.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wheaton College, Norton MA (French Lit Major, unofficial minor in Spanish to annoy the French Dept & squeezed in Russian)
Exchange student in Soviet Union (where I got arrested for spreading anti-Soviet propaganda – ha! Caught with friends laughing at their pea-green-colored water; that was the offense; four of us arrested.) Weeks later landed in a Soviet hospital because I fell down a ravine during a hike in the Caucasus Mts near Sochi. It wasn’t bad. Docs in Sochi were nice…)
Former Staffer at Newsweek Magazine. Author of Detective Kerri Blasco Police/Psychological Thrillers FEAR DREAMS: a sensitive woman fears insanity; HER LAST BREATH: A woman wakes to horror next to a murdered man and can’t remember the night before; WATCHING YOU: A serial killer texts his victims first – but how does he get their phone numbers? Detective Kerri vows revenge…he comes after her; SHOELESS CHILD: A little boy has seen a horrific murder but is too traumatized to speak. Detective Kerri Blasco struggles to connect with him…
Also author of the EMBRYO medical thriller series, 6 books. Love reading & writing – especially thrillers.