by Lisa Gray
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer (first published 2019)
She investigates missing persons—now she is one.
Private investigator Jessica Shaw is used to getting anonymous tips. But after receiving a photo of a three-year-old kidnapped from Los Angeles twenty-five years ago, Jessica is stunned to recognize the little girl as herself.
Eager for answers, Jessica heads to LA’s dark underbelly. When she learns that her biological mother was killed the night she was abducted, Jessica’s determined to solve a case the police have forgotten. Meanwhile, veteran LAPD detective Jason Pryce is in the midst of a gruesome investigation into a murdered college student moonlighting as a prostitute. A chance encounter leads to them crossing paths, but Jessica soon realizes that Pryce is hiding something about her father’s checkered history and her mother’s death.
To solve her mother’s murder and her own disappearance, Jessica must dig into the past and find the secrets buried there. But the air gets thinner as she crawls closer to the truth, and it’s getting harder and harder to breathe.
This is the first book in a new Jessica Shaw series by Lisa Gray.
Jessica is a private investigator and she finds her own version of a picture on a milk carton and realizes that she was a missing child. Her mother was murdered and her father, who was recently deceased took her away. This is a story of her search for answers.
I thought this was pretty good. The search was a twisty-turny thrill ride that keeps you guessing until the end. But it was the characterization of Jessica herself that really sealed the deal. It is the character that will keep you coming back again and again. She is not normal. She is unique and quirky. She never does what you expect she will. She runs straight into trouble without blinking. She is a classic rebel but she has a cause. You know she will find out the answers she seeks. You can just tell by looking at her.
Suspenseful, gripping, honest and amazing. This is one roller coaster ride you will want to get on.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.