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I had read only one book by this author before so was really pleased when this one turned out to be as good as the last one I had read.
Ellie Cavanaugh is an investigative reporter and she has a story that she wants and needs to cover. But this time it is personal and she has to take a leave of absence and return to her childhood town to dig deep into the history behind Rob Westerfield.
23 years ago Rob Westerfield was convicted of the brutal murder of Ellie's older sister, Andrea and he is about to be released on bail. Ellie is 100% sure he killed her older sister but he had always maintained he was innocent and Rob's family being extremely rich, his grandmother has insisted the family prove Rob's innocence or she will leave all her money to charity. Surprisingly new witnesses come forward to help prove Rob did not do this horrendous crime and Ellie needs to dig deep into her investigative knowledge as well as her own resources in order to see this through.
I was immediately taken with the character of Ellie and how independent she was. I was impressed with her long standing devotion to this cause and how believable her commitment to keep her sister's killer behind bars was.
Rob Westerfield was also a great character, not because he was likeable, in fact the opposite. He was downright horrible and it was easy to see the slime ball in him from the way Higgins-Clark wrote about his actions and his demeanour. I loved the way you got to uncover older stories about him along with Ellie. As she found things out so did you and it was never really totally clear cut until the end whether Rob was guilty or not. I found it to be very compelling and wanted to read the next chapter to see what else Ellie had uncovered.
This was a good suspenseful, easy to read story, that was believable and yet easily fiction. Enjoyable and quick. A good filler in book for in between bigger reads.
At just seven years old, Ellie Cavanaugh lost her sister Andrea to a brutal murderer. It was her testimony that put Robson Westerfield away, but now, twenty-two years on, he is about to be released. Ellie, now a writer and investigative reporter, senses trouble and travels to her hometown just as Westerfield arrives and begins a campaign to prove his innocence. Ellie still suspects him, as does her estranged father, and both are determined to thwart his attempts. But someone has other ideas...Someone who is picking up where Westerfield left off, commiting other dangerous acts that send Ellie spiralling into a whirlwind of secrets, lies and deceit. Can she uncover the truth before a desperate killer sets his sights on her? As events reach a head, Ellie realises she might be the only person who can seek vengenance for the past.