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Title: The Little Grave
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: Detective Amanda Steele #1
Published by Bookouture on January 11, 2021
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: arc, ebook
Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave…
It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case.
Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.
But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter…
A gripping, page-turning thriller full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni.
There are some authors whose books you just have to read whenever they have a new release, no matter how much your TBR is over flowing. Carolyn Arnold is one such author for me. So, you can imagine my level of enthusiasm when I received a copy for review purposes. 💃💃💃💃
The Little Grave, the first book in The Detective Amanda Steele series, proved to be an interesting read with a shocking😲😲😲 conclusion.
The story follows detective Amanda Steele, who lost her husband and her six-year-old daughter and her unborn child in a motor vehicle accident at the hands of a drunk driver. Since then, her life was one roller coaster of one-night stands, drinking and pill popping. How she held it together and keep her job with the Prince William County Police Department was a mystery within itself.
She received a call informing her of the discovery of the dead body of the man responsible for her family’s death. Despite her personal connection to the victim, her sergeant allowed her to be a part of the investigation on the condition she worked with a partner who would be the lead investigator on paper.
I had a great time with this book, which came as no surprise. A well-paced storyline with a narrative steeped in pain and sorrow. Arnold’s ability to engage her readers by keeping them turning the pages while attempting to guess the outcome of the investigation was evident within her latest release.
The more Amanda dug, the bigger the can of worms she unearthed and the more danger she faced. The biggest shocker of all for everyone, including the reader, involved the revelation of the murderer’s identity. Never once did I see this person as being the guilty party.
Amanda, a severely damaged heroine, was on a road to destruction. This case may just be her saving grace despite the conflict of interest. Although I sympathized with her circumstances, I abhorred her behaviour and the way she treated her new partner. She did redeem herself as the story progressed.
Overall, a solid start to the series. If you enjoy police procedural and you are looking for a new series to sink your teeth in, I recommend you picking up a copy of a Little Grave.
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