Homicide Detective Wade Jackson, of the Eugene, Oregon Police Department, returns in the newest entry in the series by L. J. Sellers, following her terrific “Secrets to Die For” and “The Sex Club,” and this one is every bit as exciting and suspenseful as were those earlier books.
Wade’s girlfriend, Kera Kollmorgan, enlists his help when Danette Blake, her 20-year-old not-quite daughter-in-law, fails to return to pick up her three-month old grandson Micah, following her appointment with a psychiatrist. [Danette and Nathan, Kera’s son, had never married before he was shipped out and later died in the war.] His search for Danette proves frustrating and fruitless. But when another young woman who apparently has nothing in common with Danette also disappears on the same day, the investigation widens. The women appear to live in completely different worlds: Danette lives in public housing, and the second woman to go missing, though superficially similar in appearance to Danette, is an heiress with no connection to Danette that the police can find. The only lead takes them to the home of an agoraphobic man who hasn’t left his house in a year.
A cop for over twenty years, Wade is dealing with issues in his personal life as well, primarily health issues – he’s had abdominal pain for months, along with what could be cardiac symptoms – as well as his relationship with his daughter, Katie, and her reluctant acceptance of her father’s new romantic interest when she still hasn’t given up on her parents’ getting back together now that his ex-wife is sober. [He has full custody of Katie, her time with her mother being at Wade’s discretion.]
Fast-paced, well-plotted and with terrific writing, the book is recommended. [It should be noted that the author has two books due out in 2011, the fourth book in the Jackson series, as well as a standalone.]