In an idyllic Colorado town, a young girl goes missing–and the trail leads into the heart and mind of a remorseless killer.
The late summer heat in Echo Valley, Colorado turns lush greenery into a tinder dry landscape. When a young girl mysteriously disappears, long buried grudges rekindle.Of the two Flores girls, Marisa was the one people pegged for trouble. Her younger sister, Lena, was the quiet daughter, dutiful and diligent–right until the moment she vanished.
Detective Jo Wyatt is convinced the eleven-year-old girl didn’t runaway and that a more sinister reason lurks behind her disappearance. For Jo, the case is personal, reaching far back into her past. But as she mines Lena’s fractured family life, she unearths a cache of secrets and half-lies that paints a darker picture.
As the evidence mounts, so do the suspects, and when a witness steps forward with a shocking new revelation, Jo is forced to confront her doubts and her worst fears. Now, it’s just a matter of time before the truth is revealed–or the killer makes another deadly move.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Mercy Creek by M.E. Browning is a mystery novel. It’s the second book from the Jo Wyatt Mystery.
A very well-written story with good word building. The descriptions were perfect were needed to intensify the important scenes. The plot was simple at first, there was a missing girl and a detective that took the case. After that everything became complicated. The suspects were multiplying by the minute and each of them had a motive. The secrets that were slowly being revealed were shocking. This story was a total mind game, not only because it threw you off in every turn but also because it was about a little girl.
I think that stories about missing children hit different, and this one was so adorable and caring which was the exact opposite of her relatives. Except for Lena’s character, which was my favorite, I also liked Jo. She was a passionate detective that put her work first without counting friendships or grudges. When I started reading it I could have never imagined the outcome, and by the time I finished it I wanted most of the characters behind bars.
If you love good mysteries then you ought to read this one, you won’t regret it. I was hooked since the first page and I am still reeling after everything that happened. I will rate it with 5 stars.