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July 6, 2016



Susan McBride

(from NightOwl Reviews)

A woman vanishes from a Texas town. Did she simply run off, or is something darker at play?
When Patrick Dielman shows up at Detective Jo Larsen’s desk insisting that his wife, Jenny, is missing, Jo wonders if it’s a case of a bored housewife running away.
But as she digs deeper into Jenny’s life, Jo learns that Dielman keeps a stranglehold on the family finances, down to the last nickel, and that Jenny’s first marriage dissolved following the death of her young son. By all accounts—including her doctor’s—she never recovered from the loss. Between a controlling husband, a tragic past, and a callous ex-husband, Jo can’t be sure if she should suspect foul play or accept that the woman may have wanted to disappear.
For Jo, whose own demons are shadowing her every step, finding Jenny becomes more than the typical protect-and-serve.

  • Number: 9781503937628
  • Release: September 6, 2016
  • Author: Susan McBride
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * SUSP: Suspenseful / Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

The night boxed her in like a pitch-black room with no light beneath the door.

   Her head spun as she tried to process what had happened since she'd driven out of the parking lot sometime after five o'clock, when the sky had blushed a dusky pink, the clouds a faded orange.
   She knew it was almost over.
   Her eyes darted around, seeing only shades of dark. Maybe she was already dead and didn't know it.  She clasped her hands so fiercely that her fingers numbed, and still they trembled at the voice that hissed impatiently: C'mon, we haven't got all night. Let's do this.
   She stumbled away from the car, the hem of her jeans catching on her boot heels. After a few unsteady steps, she slipped, slamming down hard, banging her chin against the gravel. Tasting blood on her tongue, she rose to her knees and lifted her head, disoriented. Which way was forward? Which way was back?
   What's wrong with you? The voice grew angrier. Move, for Christ's sake. Get up.


 Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries and the River Road Mysteries. She has won a Lefty Award, been twice nominated for the Anthony Award, and received the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and daughter.

Setting: Texas
Patrick Dielman reports his wife missing  Is this just a case of a bored housewife, perhaps an affair or is it something more sinister?   Detective Jo Larsen is head of this case.    Detective Jo, after some investigating discovers that Dielman has kept a strong hold on his wife, Jenny, especially nickel and diming her on the money she spends.  Jenny has been previously married and during that marriage she loses her little son.  Detective Jo tries to sort out a tragic loss of a child, a hard and cold ex-husband and now a husband that keeps her on a short leash.    Who wouldn't just want to disappear with all of this chaos in your life?    This case is special to Detective Jo.  She has a past that is haunting her.  This case is becoming personal.  Where is Jenny?   Will the detective find her safe and sound or has it become too much for Jenny?   Is there others involved in her disappearance? 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Susan McBride and Night Owl Reviews in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

I would give this book 4   STARS.


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