Friday, January 15, 2021

Review: The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold

The Little Grave
by Carolyn Arnold

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 339
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave…

It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case.

Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.

But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter…

Kritters Thoughts:  Detective Amanda Steele still lives in the small Northern VA town of Dumfries, VA that she was raised in.  Her father a retired police chief she followed in his footsteps and is a homicide detective.  After the recent tragic loss of her husband and child, the drunk driver that killed her family is found dead and she wants to bring his murder to justice (and maybe thank them for taking his life).

It may be weird to say, but mystery/thrillers have become comfort reads to me and I love to dive deep into them and read the twists and turns and try to come to the conclusion before the main character.  They are an escape from whatever is going on outside!  For me there are two things that I rate this genre on, the main character who is doing the crime solving and the ultimate villain.  In this book, they were both five stars in my book.

I loved Detective Amanda Steele.  She wasn't perfect in any way and was still dealing with the demons that had wrecked her life.  The investigation went through great peaks and valleys and I am satisfied with the outcome - of course not spoiling!  

I hope there are more to come with this main character and more from this author.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 3 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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