ABOUT THE BOOK
The clock ticks down in a heart-pounding crusade for justice
Susan Lentigo’s daughter was murdered twenty years ago—and now, at long last, this small-town waitress sets out on a road trip all the way from Upstate New York to North Dakota to witness the killer’s execution.
On her journey she discovers shocking new evidence that leads her to suspect the condemned man is innocent—and the real killer is still free. Even worse, her prime suspect has a young daughter who’s at terrible risk. With no money and no time to spare, Susan sets out to uncover the truth before an innocent man gets executed and another little girl is killed.
But the FBI refuses to reopen the case. They—and Susan’s own mother—believe she’s just having an emotional breakdown. Reaching deep, Susan finds an inner strength she never knew she had. With the help of two unlikely allies—a cynical, defiant teenage girl and the retired cop who made the original arrest—Susan battles the FBI to put the real killer behind bars. Will she win justice for the condemned man—and her daughter—at last?
It had been twenty years since Susan Lentigo’s seven-year-old daughter had been found, raped and dead in a wood. Susan had never forgiven her mother for the terrible mix up that ended in no one going to pick her daughter up from school. Then Susan’s husband had abandoned her six months after the murder because she had a mental breakdown, as he couldn’t cope with her. She had waited all these years for the man who killed her daughter to be executed, and now that time had arrived.
Susan still worked in the same diner that she had done all those years ago, and so the town had a fundraiser to get her enough money to face this man one more time and ask him to tell her where her daughters necklace was. The neckless, they had both chosen the beads and animals for and made not long before her murder. The killer’s trophy.
What an incredible story this is! It seemed right from the start that obstacles were being thrown in her way to stop her from getting to her final destination. She had started out in her beaten up old car, the one her daughter travelled to school in with her, but not long into the trip, and the car couldn’t give anymore. The only other way was to get the bus as a flight was too costly. The journey was huge, from Upstate New York to North Dakota with so many bus changes and stopovers before she would be there. But she faced hardship from the first bus station when her money was stolen, while she slept.
The journey is so incredible and will push her past every limit it possibly could, but sometimes things happen for a reason, that we don’t know at the time. It just seems like life only throws some people bad things all of the time. Her journey crosses many people, all very different, and yet it seems that they were meant to meet. There was a reason, and it kept pushing to an unthinkable possibility.
It is one hell of a top read, one of my best this year, and there have been some great books. I can’t recommend this story enough. It will stop your heart at times until you can remember to breathe. It will break you and put you back together. Highly recommended.
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I had reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matt Witten is a TV writer, novelist, playwright and screenwriter who has been writing for television for the past twenty years, including such shows as House, Pretty Little Liars, Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Medium, JAG, The Glades, Homicide, Judging Amy, and Women’s Murder Club. He has written four mystery novels that were published by Signet: Breakfast at Madeline’s, Grand Delusion, Strange Bedfellows, and The Killing Bee.
His novel The Necklace will be published in September, 2021, by Oceanview Publishing. The novel has been optioned for film by Appian Way and Cartel Pictures, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached as producer