Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
As the town is still struggling to cope with those horrible events a new tragedy is about to be revealed. One Saturday night at the local skating rink 13 year old Jenny Weaver is found in a parking lot holding a gun on 16 year old Mark Patterson threatening to kill him. Faced with little options Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver shoots Jenny in order to save a life. In the aftermath of trying to discover why Jenny would want to kill Mark an even bigger mystery is discovered.
This is a fast paced and often disturbing novel that touches on issues of great tragedy and abuse that sometimes touches too close to the heart to be dealt with comfortably. The main characters are flawed which breaths humanity into them and I like being about to slip into the minds of different people as the mystery unfolds. With the exception of Jeffrey Tolliver who is your often portrayed as a male chauvinist. The way that his character is written is not very flattering and the reader can only imagine what the author feels about men, but in this book at least its not a pleasent feeling. I enjoyed this mystery although it wasn’t a hard one to figure out. Although, this story wasn’t really about the how but the why.
As I said, the subject matter was often a difficult one to deal with, that of child abuse and child pornography. Slaughter presents a case of these that is scarily realistic especially since the heart of the story takes place in a small town. Its somehow easier to think of such a case occurring in a big city and it just seems closer to home when it takes place in a town much like my own. While difficult at times it was still a page turner and this is one series/author in which I will continue to read….once I find where the next book is packed that is.