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Watch Her Vanish by Ellery A. Kane
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About The Book
Returning home to Fog Harbor, California, to be closer to her little sister, Olivia Rockwell is struggling to adjust to life in a town so small she can hardly breathe. That is, until the sound of a scream leads her to the body of a local teacher in the shallows nearby. All the evidence points to Olivia’s most threatening criminal psychology patient, Drake, who is safely locked up behind bars…
Convinced of Drake’s innocence—and desperate to believe in the system that’s keeping her murderer father in prison and away from her sister—Olivia gets to work on her own suspect list. All her life she’s run towards trouble, but this time she’s treading on the toes of Detective Will Decker, whose past mistakes mean this case is his last chance to make amends
Then a second woman’s body is discovered, strangled while out on an evening jog. The strip of blue material used to choke her implicates Drake once again, forcing Will to admit he needs Olivia’s special talent for understanding the minds of killers. It’s clear more innocent women will die if they don’t get one step ahead of the murders, and Olivia knows she will need her estranged father’s help to get close to Drake.
But when Olivia’s profile leads them to believe Drake could be masterminding murders from within the prison walls, a message written on a scrap of paper found in the latest victim’s car leads them to a terrifying realization: Olivia’s little sister will be next…
When a serial killer is locked in prison, everyone feels safer and tries to continue their life routines like nothing has happened. But what happens if the killings start again while the suspect is in prison? Then hell starts, all the questions will rise again and the police and prison officers will have to work harder than ever to discover the truth.
This is the story of Olivia Rockwel, a Criminal Psychologist who returns home to work at Fog Harbor and to take care of her little sister, but she will become involved in a case that will be more personal than she ever expected. But don’t worry, there will be a detective on her side, Will Decker, who will help her on this race against the clock.
It is not usual to read books where the main suspect is in prison but there’s no way that they could do the killings, it’s always an interesting perspective to see how the police tries to discover if they had failed in the investigation or if there’s someone else involved in the case.
It’s quite clear that this is the first book of a series, the main characters are not fully formed and there’s a lot of questions about their past, but I am not saying this as a critic, but as a way to make the reader wanting to know more about them and looking for the next book of the series. I liked that there are a few different plots involved in the story, makes the read more complex and interesting and keeps the reader turning pages to know more. As you can imagine there are characters more likable than others, like reality, you can’t expect to like everyone! But again, this makes the story more approachable and keeps the reader’s interest.
This is a fast-paced story, with unexpected twists and lies, almost all will be solved in the end, but there’s always the tickling questions that will have to be answered on the next book, of course. Don’t worry, I really liked this book, so I will answer all of them when the next book will go out, I can’t wait!
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About The Author
Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing–professionally and creatively–for as long as she can remember. Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery’s writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. And she’s heard her fair share of real life thrillers.
Ellery lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, a picturesque setting that provides the backdrop for many of her novels. If you don’t find Ellery interviewing murderers behind prison walls or pecking away at her latest novel, she is probably at the gym landing a solid jab-cross to a punching bag; riding bicycles with her special someone; or enjoying a movie the old-fashioned way–at the theater with popcorn and Milk Duds.
Ellery was previously selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition, and she recently signed a three book deal with Bookouture for her new Rockwell and Decker mystery thriller series.