Mark Twain wrote: It is a pity that we cannot escape from life when we are young.
#4 in Whitley And Keal Mystery
Average Rating: 3.0
A young couple taking a leisurely walk through the woods are shocked when their quiet, peaceful stroll ends as they come across what is, without question, a human skull. When Detectives Jean Whitley and Marty Keal are called to investigate, two more bodies are uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims have just met their demise. Now not only do the detectives have to discover the identities of all three victims but have to see if the victims are somehow connected or if it's just a coincidence all three were dumped so close together.
While Jean and Marty search for the answers, Marty's fiance, Psychiatrist Dr. Hope Rubin, is working hard to get her patient Brad Madison released from Armistace Hospital for Children, where he has been living since the brutal murder of his own parents, while trying to take care of her own personal business of planning her wedding. But then the unforeseeable happens. Hope disappears and Brad claims he knows what happens. Can the disturbed boy be trusted to be telling the truth and is Hope's kidnapping in any way linked to the three victims found in the nearby woods?
Marty and Jean's search for the killer becomes much more desperate and horrifyingly personal when Hope is kidnapped. Will they find her before it's too late? Or will she become another victim? Will the detectives be able to KEEP HOPE ALIVE?
The timing of this story is really bad. Events happen out of order or are omitted altogether. It's as if entire sections are scrambled or missing completely. For instance, how did the inmate get a broken jaw?
Then there's the event with the detectives in the parking lot that's totally unrelated to this story. It's just a situation thrown in out of the blue with no introduction or conclusion. There are several other examples of confusing situations, but I don't want to include any spoilers in this review.
The mystery is trite and the "bad guys" are stereotypes. Still, the main characters are interesting and worth following. And Amy Deuchler continues to perform well.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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