by Kelly Miller
Published November 29, 2012
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
On edge after a two-week mandatory leave, Detective Kate Springer is blindsided when she discovers she shares a link with Tampa's newest murder victim-a troubled teen found strangled and dumped in a remote part of town. The bond between them threatens to expose Detective Springer's past-a past she's been hell bent on keeping secret. When the killer finally emerges from the shadows, Kate's secrets aren't the only thing on the line. So is her life.
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Ms. Miller has done a great job with her debut novel. The characters are very real -- although I really didn't like Kate for the first couple of chapters. After that, she really fell into focus. I thought Patrick was great, he made a great partner for Kate.
The "mystery" was predictable, which was fine, most are.
I have to admit, there were a couple of things that bothered me. First, if you read this, be prepared for the fact that this isn't a happy/feel good book. This is a drag-you-into-the-trenches type of book. Generally, I read to escape, not to hear about child molestation.
My other complaint is rather silly: it took me almost the whole book to stop comparing Detective Kate Springer to Detective Kate Beckett. (Sorry, I'm a Castle fan. When I hear "Detective Kate" I assume it'll be followed with Beckett. And really, Kate Beckett is hard to live up to.) Sorry.
I'm very curious as to what Ms. Miller will bring us next!