by Vivian Barz
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published August 11th 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
Amazon Charts bestselling author Vivian Barz pits Susan Marlan and Eric Evans against a new menacing adversary in this suspenseful sequel to her acclaimed debut, Forgotten Bones.
Two months have passed, and the horrors of Death Farm still torment police officer Susan Marlan and college professor Eric Evans. Susan struggles to regain her zeal for fighting crime, while Eric is slowly coming to terms with his newfound “gift” of seeing the dead.
Seeking much-needed rest, Susan and Eric follow their musician friend Jake and his band to Washington State. But once they reach the cheerless town of Clancy, Eric’s murderous visions start again. Something seems wrong about the town and its aloof citizens—and suspicions turn to dread when members of Jake’s band go missing.
Eric, Susan, and Jake search deep in the dark forest of the Olympic Peninsula, where many have disappeared. But the harder they search, the less cooperative the locals become. As the case begins looking more like a murder investigation, the trio must work together to locate the lost and uncover chilling town secrets buried in the darkest of places.
This is the second book in the Dead Remaining series by Vivian Barz.
It took me a few chapters before I got a good idea who the main characters of this story were. Even though the police officer usually leads a story like this, I felt like the teacher, Eric was way more compelling. I loved his uneasiness with his new psychic gift and how it might affect his relationship with Susan.
The story was a bit of a mind-bender but that doesn’t mean it was bad. You just really need to pay attention to all the players and what is going on to get anything out of this. Definitely a great read that I completely enjoyed.
I will look into book one and see how that differs from this one. I look forward to see where the story goes from here. I am surely intrigued.
If you love a good police procedural, detective fiction mystery, definitely check this one out.
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.