A woman vanishes from a Texas town. Did she simply run off, or is something darker at play?
When Patrick Dielman shows up at Detective Jo Larsen’s desk insisting that his wife, Jenny, is missing, Jo wonders if it’s a case of a bored housewife running away.
But as she digs deeper into Jenny’s life, Jo learns that Dielman keeps a stranglehold on the family finances, down to the last nickel, and that Jenny’s first marriage dissolved following the death of her young son. By all accounts—including her doctor’s—she never recovered from the loss. Between a controlling husband, a tragic past, and a callous ex-husband, Jo can’t be sure if she should suspect foul play or accept that the woman may have wanted to disappear.
For Jo, whose own demons are shadowing her every step, finding Jenny becomes more than the typical protect-and-serve.
Loved it! I couldn’t get enough and needed to find out what happened to Jenny Dielman. I kept thinking it was the nosy, husband coveter from next door because she acted so incredibly shady, but then I also thought it might be the ex-husband or even his new wife so there was plenty of mystery to be had. The writing was really nice, flowed smoothly and the characters, as I said, were so good that I just couldn’t decide who to suspect more.
I certainly hope to have a long series involving Jo Larsen, a very driven detective who doesn’t settle until the case is closed.
While I hate books where kids or animals are the subject of abuse or worse, this book was written in such a way that I wasn’t a blubbering mess but more involved in the whodunit so that’s always a win for me.
Overall, great read and highly recommend!
**Full disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.