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From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice, a gripping mystery about a sinister murder that everyone wants to stay buried—except one dogged NYPD detective.
Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But she has secrets she’ll do anything to keep buried. When her blackmailer offers to meet, Jo expects to pay him off—but gets a bullet instead. Bleeding and in shock, Jo flees with no one to turn to.
When NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza, find Andray Baxter murdered in his own home—shot through the heart—everything points to Jo as the killer. Her blood is at the scene, and so are disturbing photos of her taken as a young teen. But Sheryn has doubts. Was the kindhearted Andray really a criminal? Why did he repeatedly report finding spyware in his apartment? Was there something shady about Jo’s sister dying a year earlier?
Something’s not right, and it’s up to Sheryn to piece together the sinister puzzle, no matter the cost.
Don’t Look Down (Shadows of New York)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 11, 2020)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Paperback: 367 pages
Digital ASIN: B07QBPS9QB
Solid, engaging, and complex police procedural & crime thriller down to the wire. I’ve always have a soft spot for traditional police procedurals and this book delivered exactly what I was craving for.
The story opened up with a thrilling confrontation between a victim and a blackmailer which subsequently developed into a shoot-out, and the main two characters, Sheryn and her injured partner, Rafael set out for an investigation. Jo, another main character and a possible fugitive at large gets soon apprehended and taken to hospital. The gun that matches the bullet wound that killed the victim is found in Jo’s possession, and all pieces of evidence point against Jo, making the case look like straight-up clear-cut-easy but it doesn’t take long to find out Jo is actually embroiled in a much bigger case …
As I mentioned earlier, I enjoyed reading this book quite a lot. It’s fast-paced, and the flow maintained a steady pace from beginning to end. The detailed descriptions of the investigation successfully kept my attention, and I particularly liked the plot is nicely convoluted with a lot of red-herrings and possible suspects but not too much to tire readers out. The complexity maintained at a perfect balance had me keep turning pages, eager to find out who the real villain is, and who is the mastermind behind all this.
The way the case unravels itself is certainly note-worthy.
The case initially seemed quite simple and straight-forward. No complication involved, but as the story progresses, it started to dawn on me there’s much more than meets the eye to this case; Jo, even the victim of the shootout (and the possible blackmailer) could have been manipulated by someone else, and the trajectory of the investigation changes accordingly. That’s where the plot thickened even more and got really interesting.
I won’t give away the plot any further, but I must say it was well-thought out and executed. I wasn’t emotionally invested in the book that much initially, feeling that the writing a little too fluid (albeit solid), but as the real picture of the case gets unraveled slowly but surely, I got totally sucked in the story and couldn’t put it down. The ups and downs and back and forth in the case added to the intrigue, it felt, like, one minute you were so sure you got all figured out but the next minute you were proved to have been all wrong. Positively frustrating for sure, but that’s the added beauty of this book, I must say.
Although this is a second book in the series and I dove straight into it without reading the first book, I never felt I was missing something. You can totally read this book as a standalone, and if you enjoy police procedurals, the odds are high that you’ll like this book.
Solid 4 stars go to this book and I thank the author and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Hilary Davidson is the bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice and the winner of two Anthony Awards. Her novels include the Lily Moore series—The Damage Done, The Next One to Fall, and Evil in All Its Disguises—and the standalone thriller Blood Always Tells. Her widely acclaimed short stories have won numerous awards and have been featured everywhere from Ellery Queen to Thuglit, as well as in her collection The Black Widow Club. A Toronto-born travel journalist who’s lived in New York City since October 2001, Davidson is also the author of eighteen nonfiction books. Visit her online at hilarydavidson.com.
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