Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Review: The Fragile Ones by Jennifer Chase

The Fragile Ones
by Jennifer Chase

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 299
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When the bodies of eleven and twelve-year-old sisters, Tessa and Megan, are found at the bottom of a ravine—dressed in matching pastel summer outfits, their small bodies broken from the fall—Detective Katie Scott is called to one of the most shocking and heartbreaking crime scenes of her career.

Carefully picking through the fragile remains, Katie makes the first of many disturbing discoveries: the girls were not biological sisters. The youngest, Megan, is a DNA match to a kidnapping case years before. The tiny number burnt into her skin the mark of a terrifying killer intent on keeping count of his collection.

Her PTSD from the army triggered, Katie is left reeling as she maps other missing children in the local area. Has this twisted soul found a way to stay nearby his victims? Could he be watching now as Katie hits one dead end after another?

A wild storm building, matching a fiber found during the autopsy to a nearby boatyard is the break Katie needs. But when another girl goes missing, just as lightning strikes and the power goes out, Katie only has her instincts, her team and her service dog to rely on. As time runs out for Katie to finds the stolen child alive, who will become the next number on this monster’s deadly list?

Kritters Thoughts:  Detective Katie Scott works in a small town in California and while showing a documentary film crew around the more rugged parts of their town, they end up finding two small bodies that ended up being of two sisters that had been missing for two years, but the story behind the story is these sisters are not biological sisters and this sends their investigation down a road they would never had predicted.   

I read this book right after I read another murder/mystery about young women, so it was hard to read these two back to back, but I was glad that there was more to this story than the mystery trying to be solved.  There was some great character development about Detective Katie Scott as she was confronting demons from her past.  I also can't help loving a book that has a great German Shepherd in it as I am a proud dog mom of two from this great breed, seeing them in action in this book was so great to read.    

I didn't know when I signed up to read this book that it was book 5 in a series and while the mystery itself was contained within this novel, I could tell throughout the book that the main character was hinting at events of the past and I felt a little left out jumping in the middle of the series - BUT I was intrigued enough and enjoyed the book where I want to go back and start this series at book one and get caught up in hopes that another one comes after this one.  

I really hope I can get into the backlist of this series and find out how Katie got to the point where this book begins.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 25 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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