I’m not gonna lie, when I think dark and twisted, suspense/thriller my mind does not typically go to Mia Sheridan. But alas, this is why she earns her spot time and time again as my favorite author. She has an uncanny talent to craft such depth of humanity and emotion in every single story she pens that she could write a phone book and make it the most enthralling tale you’ve ever read. This story is so freaking good and so freaking INTENSE on so many levels. It will have you on the edge of your seat, heart racing and when the unexpected plot twist comes… WHEW...MIND BLOWN! That being said, this book has more trigger warnings than I can count, so for those who have aversions to the explicit details of the darkness and depravity of humanity, you’ve been warned. For me, this was yet another brilliant masterpiece by my absolute favorite storyteller ❤
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Suspended disbelief in real life is called willing stupidity.
Who’s to blame? That was the question. And Josie’s heart had found peace in the answer. Put simply: All of us. All of us are to blame. For fighting to move on rather than lashing out, for choosing to stand up over and over again after we collapse, for working to heal the broken parts of ourselves so the shards don’t wound the world.
At nineteen-years-old, college student Josie Stratton was kidnapped by a madman and held shackled for ten months in an abandoned warehouse before she finally escaped her hellish prison.
Eight years later, when the body of a young woman is found chained in the basement of a vacant house, Cincinnati Police Detective Zach Copeland is instantly reminded of the crime committed against Josie Stratton. Zach was just a rookie on the perimeter of that case, but he's never forgotten the traumatized woman with the haunted eyes.
As more information emerges, the crimes take on an even more sinister similarity. But Josie's attacker died by suicide. Does the city have a copycat on its hands? A killer who picked up where the original perpetrator left off? Or are they facing something far more insidious?
Josie has spent the last eight years attempting to get her life back on track, but now there's a very real chance she could be the unknown suspect's next target. As Zach vows to keep her safe, and Josie finds herself responding to him in a way she hasn't responded to any man in almost a decade, the investigation takes on an even more complex edge of danger.
As past and present collide, Josie and Zach are thrust toward a shocking and chilling truth. A revelation that threatens not only Josie's life, but everything she's been fighting so desperately to reclaim.