The quick of it is that things are going pretty good with Aurora and her family. Her stepbrother is settling in, she's pregnant, she and Robin are married. Things are good. Until they aren't. Starting with her brother disappearing without a clue along with three other kids in town.
Aurora is a solid heroine and straight forward. Her attitude and strength make her easy to get along with. And her marriage. Yes. I love Robin as well. They're solid and I loved the bond between them even when they were being so severely tested by life. It's just a little swoony.
The mystery was well done but fairly slow going. Since she was pregnant she wasn't as hands on as I remember from past books but it still worked. While I picked up on some of it fairly early on and had my suspicions it was still entertaining watching it all unfold as they tried to piece together the disappearance and root out the darkness in their town. There were definitely some characters I would have liked to have given a good shake or two.
While there were a few spots that had me crinkling my eyebrows--there was a strange pregnancy confirmation at the doctors, talking down about her previous marriage (her first husband died) and bits that were trying too hard to touch on popular social narratives--overall it was a solid story that kept me curious and wondering what had really happened. I'd be thrilled to see the series pick up again. Wishful thinking maybe but I'd love more time with Aurora and Robin.
And a quote because I totally agree. Roe is a librarian for yall that don't know her...
I had never been able to fathom what people did with their free moments, if they didn't read.
While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?
With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.
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