Author: Kathryn Casey
Genre: Suspense, mystery
Age Level: Adult
Source: For review, Pump Up Your Book
Summary: In Houston, Texas, just days before a catastrophic hurricane is supposed to hit, 4-year-old Joey Warner is kidnapped from a park, with his mother sitting nearby, albeit distracted on her cell phone. She doesn’t call the police right away and her strange reaction causes them to wonder if she is involved. At the same time, Texas Ranger profiler is also investigating a case involving the slaughter of Texas Longhorn steers with mysterious symbols drawn on them. She and the police fight to solve these cases before the storm reaches them.
My Thoughts: I was very eager to read this book, as early on in my blogging “career,” I had reviewed A Descent Into Hell, by Kathryn Casey, one of her true crime books, which I loved. It was fascinating and extremely well written. I contacted her after posting the review and she was so kind and gracious, so I’ve been a fan ever since. She was really complimentary and admired my newborn blog which was pretty silly looking at the time, and was one of the very first authors I’d ever e-mailed. I knew she was a big true crime writer, but I didn’t know she wrote novels as well, so imagine my excitement when I found out that she did!
Well, this book did not disappoint. It sucks you in from the first couple of pages. I must admit I stayed up way past my bedtime so I could finish it and find out how it ended (and no, I did not peek at the last page!). I would definitely recommend this if you like suspense and mystery. Although the steer killings were obviously gory, she doesn’t get so descriptive that it makes it uncomfortable or disturbing to read, which is good. I have kind of a weak stomach, especially where animals are concerned. Anyways, can’t say enough good things about this book!
My Rating: 4.5/5