If reading crime fiction and suspense has taught me nothing else, it’s to avoid small towns! 😀 They all have serial killers, and so many odd, quirky residents, it’s nearly impossible to identify the killer.
Welcome to Lentford, New Zealand!
I didn’t read book one in this series, but it’s obvious Miller Hatcher is in Lentford for closure… and redemption. She’s avoided dealing with the home of her late mother for two years, and she’s trying to regroup from too many bad decisions and too much alcohol.
Trying not to see her job at the local newspaper as a step down in her career, it shakes Miller when she realizes letters she’s received could be from the killer of a local woman. Her worst fears are realized when the letters… and the killings continue by the man dubbed the Scarf Killer. He wants Miller to make him famous by writing about him in the paper. But he’s looking for more than notoriety, and Miller finds herself in danger. Again.
We also meet Cassie whose mother disappeared years ago but her remains were only recently found, and Logan, whose sister was murdered, and their paths and lives will intersect with Miller’s before a killer is exposed.
Kudos to Nikki Crutchley! She laced this one up nice and tight, making it impossible for me to guess the killer’s identity! I read the last three chapters saying, “Whaaaaat?” a lot!
‘Not all evil, on the surface, is ugly and menacing. It doesn’t always lurk in city centres after dark. It mows your lawns, frequents your local pub, takes its kids to school and contributes to communities.’
When the first letter arrives saying that ‘tonight it begins’, journalist Miller Hatcher ignores it. But then the body of a murdered woman is discovered, strangled, a scarf around her neck.
Cassie Hughes has always vowed to find the man who murdered her mother. Cassie knows he’s out there and wants him to pay, and Miller agrees to bring the cold case back into the public’s eye.
Logan Dodds has been obsessed with true crime ever since his sister was murdered thirty years ago. He has turned his obsession into a career and has created the True Crime Enthusiasts Club and his newest venture, True Crime Tours.
The lives of Miller, Cassie and Logan – all affected differently by murder – become entwined as The Scarf Killer, desperate for infamy, and Miller’s attention, makes his mark on the small town of Lentford.