February 1-28, 2017 Tour
Synopsis:Since her husband’s murder two years earlier, life hasn’t been easy for Elle Harrison. Now, at the start of a new school year, the second grade teacher is determined to move on. She’s selling her house and delving into new experiences―like learning trapeze.
Just before the first day of school, Elle learns that a former student, Ty Evans, has been released from juvenile detention where he served time for killing his abusive father. Within days of his release, Elle’s school principal, who’d tormented Ty as a child, is brutally murdered. So is a teacher at the school. And Ty’s former girlfriend. All the victims have links to Ty.
Ty’s younger brother, Seth, is in Elle’s class. When Seth shows up at school beaten and bruised, Elle reports the abuse, and authorities remove Seth and his older sister, Katie, from their home. Is Ty the abuser?
Ty seeks Elle out, confiding that she’s the only adult he’s ever trusted. She tries to be open-minded, even wonders if he’s been wrongly condemned. But when she’s assaulted in the night, she suspects that Ty is her attacker. Is he a serial killer? Is she his next intended victim?
Before Elle discovers the truth, she’s caught in a deadly trap that challenges her deepest convictions about guilt and innocence, childhood and family. Pushed to her limits, she’s forced to face her fears and apply new skills in a deadly fight to survive.
Review: This is my favorite book so far this year. It sent me on several false leads as to who did what....and the reveal at the end scared the heck out of me!
Elle is an interesting character. While she appears level-headed and responsible most of the time, she also has moments when she gets lost in her own head, which her friends refer to as "pulling an Elle." She also sees and hears her dead husband, as well as several of the murder victims from this story--but realizes they are figments of her imagination.
The supporting cast of her three best friends...Susan, Jen and Becky...are perfect foils for Elle. Their personalities complement each other and they make a wonderful friendship circle.
While this is the third book in the series, it works perfectly well as a stand-alone. There are some references to past events, but not enough to make it difficult to follow along.
**I was given a copy of this book with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
Rating: Five stars
Book Details:Genre: Thriller, Suspsense
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: January 3rd 2017
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 1608091910 (ISBN13: 9781608091911)
Series: Elle Harrison Thriller #3 (Each can be read as a Stand Alone Novel)
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