My friend gave me this book, knowing that I am a fan of crime thrillers; previously I was not familiar with this author (authors, strictly speaking - it's a collaboration of two sisters.)
Don't let the cover put you off - this is not a horror story. It builds in pace from a steady start - I hesitate to say 'slow' as that would, wrongly, imply that it is boring.
I was intrigued by Joe from the start; the story drip-feeds the reader hints about her life and her history. It also conveys her frustration at being in the minority as a female police officer without becoming cliched.
As with all thrillers, I don't want to give too much of the plot away! Bones have been found in the woods by some young boys and their dog. Standard serial killer novel territory. What makes this book different is that it takes its time to tell the tale, it doesn't over-emphasise the murders themselves.
So we are treated to descriptions of Michigan so vivid that you can almost smell the pine trees and feel the humidity in the air. We get to explore the thoughts of a young female cop with her own problems trying her best to do a good job. And we feel the raw pain of parents who have been waiting for years to find out the fate of their daughter.
There are some truly disturbing insights into the mind of the killer too.
The book does require some patience at the start, but I enjoyed it and would now like to read the whole series in chronological order.