Homicide detective Marlowe Gentry is back...because killing's always in season! Three six-year-old girls vanish from a playground in Red Weed, Alabama, and they aren’t the first. Two others have disappeared over the last five years, all in October. Marlowe Gentry and his team believe the abductions are part of a ritual, the kidnapper acting out some event from their past. Clothes and toys taken suggest the children are still alive and being held captive…for now. As they delve deeper into the case, Marlowe finds a town where everyone hides personal demons…and secrets. To uncover the truth, he and his team must peel back layers of deception, veiled agendas, and horrible realities. The clock is ticking. The girls don’t have much time left…if it isn’t already too late.
Marlow and the team are back and heading to Red Weed Alabama to help find three girls that have gone missing and they aren't the first . Others have gone missing in October over the past two years . With time running out and all the leads pointing to a ritual killer . Will Marlowe and the team be able to find the killer before the girls turn up dead .
This book is a little different then the other two . We have missing children and more players in the game this time . We have small town sheriff Amanda Beacher , who is hiding a big secret. She is tough but also hiding a lot of pain. You want her to be strong and help Marlowe get the person behind the kidnappings . But she is having trouble getting over her past and what happened . You kind of really don't like her at the beginning . It seems like she has a big chip on her shoulder that you really want to knock off . When you find out her past and her secret you really kind of warm up to her a bit . She does really need an attitude adjustment though . You will either like her or hate her but you will have a reaction to her. Marlowe and the gang are back and questioning the towns people . A couple that stand out are Ms Headly who is the old grouchy lady of the town . She seems to have no good things to say about anyone . I laughed when I read her all she cared about was her mail box being knocked over . Then there was Sam Ewell, the loner and outcast that wanders the streets of Red Weed . He is creepy and I mean creepy . You think that oh my maybe he actually is the one who did it. The author also lets us in on the back stories of Marlowe's team and what makes them the team they are . We find out about Lori's past and what she had gone through , that molded her into the person she is . We also find out about Marlowe's past and wow its a doozy peeps . Trust me you will love these characters and cheer for all of them .
The author takes us on a rollercoaster ride . The story is full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat . I read this book in a day and I just couldn't put it down . The author has a way of writing that will suck you in and keep you glued to the pages . The characters are complex and strong . The story line is well a little dark . I mean missing kids the sentences just sends chills down your spin. Cause it could happen in real life and it could happen to anyone . I will say that each book in the series is really good . They just keep getting better and better . I hope that there will be more books in this series in the future . I would love to see where the author takes these characters . I mean they have been shot at and almost blown up on a couple occasions . A child abduction should be easy right . Well not in this case, the author will lead you in one way and then bam take you in a totally different direction . You should try and read all the books in the series before to understand the characters . But if you don't want to read this could be read as a stand alone and you won't get lost in the characters or story lines . Each story is doesn't have a cliff hanger and you do get a ending that will make your relieved . So if you want a great book and series to add to your fall and winter reading list . This series is a must