The Secrets They Left Behind by Lissa Marie Redmond

Thank you to Lisa Marie Redmond, Crooked Lane Books, and Netgalley for a copy of this book


Three missing girls, no leads, a vault of dark secrets, and a case that’s getting chillier by the minute, set the stage for this nail-biting procedural from former cold case homicide detective and acclaimed author Lissa Marie Redmond.

Three college freshmen go missing from their rural hometown of Kelly’s Falls while on Christmas break. Their cell phones, coats, and purses are left behind, but the girls have disappeared without a trace. As the days turn into weeks and the investigation grows cold, twenty-three year old Buffalo police officer Shea O’Connor is called on to dig up leads undercover.

Still bearing the emotional and physical scars of a previous case, O’Connor infiltrates as eighteen-year-old Shea Anderson, a college freshman and the “niece” of the town’s police chief. As she begins to immerse herself in the missing girls’ world, befriending their friends and family, and doing whatever it takes to maintain her cover, O’Connor realizes the track is far colder than she initially thought. But whoever was behind the girls’ disappearance was only warming up, and they have set their crosshairs directly on her.

The heat is on for O’Connor as she closes in on the shocking truth about what really happened the night the girls vanished.

My Review

Being a fan of mysteries with a serial killer thrown in, I couldn’t pass this one up, especially since I’ve got a lot of time on my hands being in quarantine.

I loved the idea of infiltrating the social circle to discover the truth but I had hoped to connect to the main character a little more than I did. That being said, I was surprised by the twists although it took a while to get there.

Overall this was a good read and one that I recommend to pass the time! It’s a little different with a splash of romance and can easily be suggested to teens and young adults too!

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