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Silent tears trickle down her cheeks as she curls inside the tiny cave-like space. She lies on her side, darkness all around her, rubbing her fingers over the little wooden doll he’d carved. He told her to be quiet, not to cry or scream. Not to be a baby. Her throat was raw, her eyes swollen shut. She wanted her mommy and daddy. She wanted to go home. 

When Penny Matthews, a seven-year-old girl with blonde curls and a gap-toothed smile, goes missing in the Appalachian mountains, Detective Ellie Reeves is called straight to the scene. According to Penny’s parents, their daughter vanished after a picnic by the creek. All that’s left behind is a pink friendship bracelet etched with “Penny”. 

Ellie knows all too well that the mountains’ endless miles of dark forest and winding rivers are the perfect place for a criminal to hide. Racing against the rapidly setting sun and a brutal winter storm on the horizon, she searches desperately for Penny. 

Special Agent Derrick Fox is determined to join the hunt. His younger sister, Kim, disappeared in the same area 25 years ago - on the day he was meant to be watching her. He’s certain the cases are linked and that more than a dozen girls have vanished in the last decade. Ellie refuses to believe that their tight-knit mountain community could be home to a deadly criminal, but even she can’t deny the similarities in the cases. And when they discover the remains of a small body buried with a carved wooden doll, it’s clear they’re up against a deadly serial killer preying on innocent little girls. 

As the temperature plunges, Penny’s life hangs in the balance. Most people who get lost in the woods never make it out alive. Can Ellie and Derrick defy the odds and find out the truth about all the stolen girls? Or will the mountain, and its twisted killer, claim another victim? 

©2020 Rita Herron (P)2020 Bookouture

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  • shelley
  • 19-07-20

Nice start to a new series...

Good procedural with wicked crimes, flawed protagonist and really crazy twist at the end. I will definitely be listening to more in this series. Tanya Eby does a great job narrating. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

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  • Kelly
  • 23-08-20

You will never guess the ending:)

I 9/10 can figure out the ending of the book. I love a good mystery, suspense, & all around interesting story. This was it. I had no idea of the ending & im looking forward to the next book. Really glad I read this. Kept me entertained the whole time.

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  • Lynnie112
  • 20-07-20

Great Thriller looking forward to next sequel.

Every chapter was exciting and kept me riveted to just keep on reading each chapter. The reader was excellant.

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  • Sketchy Irish
  • 04-08-20

A+ New series by Rita Herron!

I loved this book from start to finish! It kept my attention all the way through. The character development was amazing and fell in love with all of them! I cannot wait for #2! Tanya Eby did a perfect job bringing everyone to life!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-20

Narrator is awful

I started to listen to this book and the narrator voice was so bad I had to stop listening. She sounds like a robot. The story also reminds me of another story from another author. I don’t recommend this book.

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  • Valerie J. Dumond
  • 08-09-20

ok

I'm neither pleased or displeased with this book. I was NOT a fan of the narrator....at times she sounded very robotic and I just had a hard time listening to her. that being said, there are a few things that did irritate me. first: a fractured femur is NOT a fractured arm bone. not sure who edited this book, but that error was repeated twice. second: I got tired of the constant self blaming the main character did...she took on self blame for everything and everyone. Thirdly: if this woman gets smacked in the head just one more time, I seriously think she's going to have major brain damage. I doubt I will read the next book. I find I just don't really care to find out the rest of this story.

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  • Kari
  • 26-08-20

Unexpected twists

Totally didn’t expect that entire ending! That’s insane!!! Great read. The DNA results.... I’d have never guessed... crazy!!

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  • Kyoto 2025
  • 24-10-20

Unrealistic and annoying

Whinny characters. No continuity in the plot. If there was a plot. There wasn’t any direction at all. The ending was predictable from the first chapter. Save time drink syrup instead of this book.

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  • Holly M.
  • 26-09-20

What an engaging story!

Great listen, gets to the point and carries the flow. Can’t wait to listen to the next one!

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  • HollyColorado
  • 25-09-20

Start of a new series

I love police procedural detective series. Ellie is a likeable character. Tanya Eby a strong narrator. Will read/listen to more in this series