**Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada for my eARC**
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
I had no idea this was part of a series until I added it to my tbr on Goodreads, but it can be read as a standalone, which I liked.
This was kind of like watching an episode of CSI. It was good and kept me wanting to know what happens, but there were also things that didn’t work for me.
What didn’t work:
-While the story is told in multiple POV’s, the chapters aren’t labelled, which caused some confusion as to who was narrating. At one point, the narrative switched from first to third person in the same chapter.
– I felt Brigid’s thoughts on her 2 year marriage and jealousy of Carlo’s first wife, detracted from the story a bit.
– It also annoyed me a little that information was given up so easily by some of the characters.
What I enjoyed:
– I actually liked all the characters. Even though Brigid was much older and retired, she was still pretty badass.
I think I enjoyed Jerry the most. He was a great villain.
I had never heard of Truman Capote and his book In Cold Blood until now. For those like me and in the dark, it’s a non-fiction novel about a true crime. As a lover of fictional work based on true stories, this was an added bonus.
I may not have loved this one, but I did enjoy it!
Have you read this one? Or In Cold Blood? What did you think??
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn returns in Becky Masterman’s fourth stunning thriller
In 1959, a family of four were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kansas. Perry Smith and Dick Hickok were convicted and executed for the crime, and the murders and their investigation and solution became the subject of Truman Capote’s masterpiece, IN COLD BLOOD. But what if there was a third killer, who remained unknown? What if there was another family, also murdered, who crossed paths with this band of killers, though their murder remains unsolved? And what if Dick Hickok left a written confession, explaining everything?
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn and her husband Carlo, a former priest and university professor, are trying to enjoy each other in this new stage in their lives. But a memento from Carlo’s days as a prison chaplain–a handwritten document hidden away undetected in a box of Carlo’s old things–has become a target for a man on the run from his past. Jerry Beaufort has just been released from prison after decades behind bars, and though he’d like to get on with living the rest of his life, he knows that somewhere there is a written record of the time he spent with two killers in 1959. Following the path of this letter will bring Jerry into contact with the last person he’ll see as a threat: Brigid Quinn.