Pub Date: 28 November 2023

Author: Brianna Labuskes

Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Thriller

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


“For a brilliant forensic linguist, crimes of the past hold clues to new series of murders in a twisting novel of suspense by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of A Familiar Sight.”

In a small town, a murder pulls FBI forensic linguist Raisa Susanto into an investigation that resembles a crime from decades ago. Exactly 25 years ago today, Alex Parker killed his parents and then ended his own life, leaving behind a note confessing everything.

Raisa teams up with forensic psychologist Callum Kilkenny to read between the lines, especially after stumbling upon some crazy comments on a conspiracy website suggesting that Alex might have been a victim himself. These theories have caught the attention of an inquisitive content moderator and a true-crime podcaster who's desperate for a big break. Raisa and Callum work together to dig deeper and uncover the truth behind these cryptic clues.

This book is absolutely captivating! Right from the start, it hooked me with its thrilling story and fascinating concept. I couldn't help but stay on the edge of my seat with all the surprising plot twists. The author, Labuskes, skilfully weaves together multiple storylines and intriguing characters with complex pasts. It's like being caught in an intricate web of mystery that connects the present investigation to past events seamlessly.

The main character, Raisa, is such a strong and fascinating individual. She has this amazing talent for understanding words, which adds a unique element to the story. Her partnership with forensic psychologist Callum Kilkenny is nothing short of thrilling, as their chemistry and complementary skills make them a dynamic duo. Raisa's exploration of the world of online conspiracy theories is filled with suspense, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout. She's a relatable protagonist, striking a perfect balance between her strengths and flaws.

The only downside for me was keeping track of all the secondary characters, which could get a bit confusing at times.

This discovery of a new author and series has me overjoyed, as it expands my reading collection in the best way possible. With unexpected twists and turns, you'll constantly find yourself guessing what will happen next. From beginning to end, this suspenseful psychological thriller will keep you fully engaged.

This advanced copy from NetGalley allowed me to dive into this book before anyone else, and I'm so glad I did.


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