LiAnn Tuck and her daughter, Karina Summers, are settling into their new life, enjoying the small farming community of Sheridan, Arkansas. The slower pace, compared to the craziness of Los Angeles, is a welcome distraction for them both. Taking care of her aging parents and their small farm is just what LiAnn needs to forget her twenty-five year career as a detective. And Karina's new love interest brings back the smile she lost from years of undercover work and her cheating ex-boyfriend.
Their idyllic lifestyle changes the minute a family friend, Cecil Pickard, pays a visit. He lives at The Magnolia, an independent living facility in Hot Springs, and believes someone is stealing from him. LiAnn and Karina offer to investigate and suddenly find themselves inside a living nightmare.
Theft isn't the only criminal activity taking place inside the historic, stately walls of The Magnolia. Organized crime has infiltrated Hot Springs, and what they're after is not only money, but life itself. As LiAnn and Karina dig deeper, they might just be digging their own graves.
If you're looking for a book to keep you up at night, this will do it. There are several characters' POV, good guys, bad guys, and somewhere in between. They are all interesting to read. The pieces of the puzzle come slowly together but when you finally see the big picture, it is chilling. This is loaded with suspense and some truly evil bad guys. There are lighter moments as well. I loved the interaction between Karina and LiAnn. There is even a bit of romance. I couldn't put this down.
My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!
*Notes: Language, graphic violence.
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