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This is the third book in the Harper Connolly series. Harper and Tolliver are hired by a local lady of Doraville to look for her missing grandson. When they turn up, they discover that there is more to it-the town has been missing teenage boys for a few years. Harper successfully discovers the bodies of all the missing boys and it turned out that the boys were tortured, raped before they were killed. Before Harper can come to terms with the fact that it’s her first encounter with a serial killer, she is attacked and is forced to stay in the town until she recovers.
Manfred and Xylda later turn up in Doraville and soon Harper and Tolliver are suck into the turmoil of the investigation and the hunt for the killer. The murderer is finally arrested and when they think they can go, Harper is kidnapped by the accomplice of the killer who is still at large.
This is probably my favorite in the series so far. It’s full of action and with a pretty fast pace, the seriousness of the crime and the number of bodies found all that contribute to a good read. The plot is good with a good twist to the end.
On the other hand, it is good to see Harper and Tolliver take a big step in their relationship and confessing their feelings for each other, which is the second main storyline in the book. Charlaine has been building up their relationship and throwing around lots of clues in the first two books and you can tell there is something more to stepbrother-and-stepsister between the two, something is bound to happen, sooner or later. In this book, we get to find out the result of it and the way Charlaine wrote and developed the relationship is beautiful. I have got myself the forth and last book, really cannot wait what’s instore for Harper. How will she handle the change in the dynamics between her and Tolliver? How will their family, especially their two younger sisters, fill about them being a couple?