Next to Die by T.J. Brearton #bookreview #mystery @BreartonTJ @bookouture

Next to Die

Next to Die by T.J. Brearton

4 Who done it? Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Bobbi caught a glimpse of the car, saw the blood splashed across the front seats, and felt the nausea rise up. It should have been her who was working last night, not Harriet. It should have been her.

When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

Review

This is the sixth book in the North County series….. in general I do not like picking up books in the middle of a series, however this book did work as a standalone…. The only thing I probably missed out on is the connection with the characters…. not sure if Mike and Lena are in previous books (I’ll need to check out the blurbs of the previous books)…..

The book starts out with the murder of a woman who works for child protective services….. is it connected to a previous murder of a woman in the same line of work? Is it a case of mistaken identity? Is it her son? This book definitely did not have a shortage of suspects….. i’d have to say the author did a really good job of keeping things complicated, but simple….. The book went in a lot of different directions, yet I was never lost or confused…. additionally I found the ending very plausible and satisfying… even though I didn’t necessarily see it coming….

Where the book fell just a little short for me was with the characters…. I would’ve liked even more backstory when it came to Mike and Lena…. now this could be because this is the sixth book and I missed that in the previous books…. so that’s really on me…. I do have to say though as a plot driven police procedural (not always my favorite) this book definitely held my attention…..

Recommend to all fans of police procedurals with a very strong plot…

*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Stay Safe,

Berit

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