When Patrick Dielman shows up at Detective Jo Larsen’s desk insisting that his wife, Jenny, is missing, Jo wonders if it’s a case of a bored housewife running away.
But as she digs deeper into Jenny’s life, Jo learns that Dielman keeps a stranglehold on the family finances, down to the last nickel, and that Jenny’s first marriage dissolved following the death of her young son. By all accounts—including her doctor’s—she never recovered from the loss. Between a controlling husband, a tragic past, and a callous ex-husband, Jo can’t be sure if she should suspect foul play or accept that the woman may have wanted to disappear.
For Jo, whose own demons are shadowing her every step, finding Jenny becomes more than the typical protect-and-serve.
Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star
A great police detective movie, I really enjoyed this book about Jo Larsen and am so very pleased that it is the first of what promises to be many more!
This book was just the perfect winter read. A fast paced detective story with a lot of mystery thrown in, I read it probably far too quickly as I was sad when I was done and really wanted more. It seems like the intention of the author is to have other books about this quirky, damaged detective which is a consolation of sorts.
I know that this author used to write chick lit and the approachability of the characters translates through into this new genre. From learning about the character's pasts, to their current hopes, dreams and fears, I found like I got to know a lot about the main protagonist and in a very intimate way.
Headstrong and determined, Jo would be the exact type of detective I would want looking for me if I had disappeared. She did not let anything stand in her way, from her own past to her current fears, her desire to find missing Jenny and make things right won out every time.
I could not have guessed the ultimate ending, even if I had tried and that is one thing that I truly appreciate in a book. I am very much looking forward to the next installation in this new series!
Thank you to Thomas & Mercer for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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