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Widow Lake, by Rita Herron

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The search for a missing child has a happy conclusion except it launches a murder investigation into remains found at the lake. Historic murder cases suddenly stack up as connections are made. Women go missing and then another child is abducted as a serial killer escapes…
Widow Lake is the 8th book to feature Detective Ellie Reeves and her colleagues. There are some mentions of events and outcomes from previous books where they relate to the personal life of Ellie.
The opening chapters of this book set several plot strands going and it took me a little while to begin to understand the connections between the events and characters. We are shown events from the past as well as build up to the present day circumstances. Ellie is called to investigate a missing child but the setting of a lake during a drought leads to the discovery of a body that links to a mother and child disappearance from 10 years ago.
The chapters are short and allows the plot to surge ahead. It is sooooo tempting to keep reading, one more chapter becomes three or four! I was completely caught up in the plot as the present day plot threads connect to those from the past. There is plenty of drama and danger as the plot develops, leading to an exciting conclusion.
Widow Lake was a gripping detective thriller and a great addition to the series.
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Author: Rita Herron
Pub Day: May 31st 2023
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About the Book: 
“Help,” a tiny voice cried out into the darkness. Little Betsy trembled, praying someone would hear her, save her. “Please,” she whimpered. “I’m scared.”
On the hottest day of the year, as a heatwave takes hold of the Appalachian Mountains, a five-year-old girl goes missing. Just as the sun is setting, a family vacation becomes a worst nightmare—Betsy, with her green eyes, ponytail and rainbow t-shirt—disappears in the woods by Widow Lake. Detective Ellie Reeves is straight on the scene, promising Betsy’s heartbroken parents that she will stop at nothing to find their precious daughter.
Hours later, Ellie is called back to the lake. One of her team have discovered some remains near where Betsy disappeared. The bones belong to a local girl, Amy Dean, who vanished ten years ago to the day, along with her two-year-old baby girl Paisley. But why was Paisley never reported missing? And could she still be alive?
Ellie is suddenly up against the toughest case of her career. Her instincts tell her that the two cases are somehow connected, and she works day and night to uncover the link. When she comes across some little graves beside the water’s edge, she knows she needs to stop the evil lurking around this tranquil lake.
When Ellie discovers a notebook scrawled with the handwriting of a little girl, it could be the breakthrough she needs. Can she unravel a decades-old mystery, and stop the monster claiming innocent lives?
This totally addictive and jaw-dropping crime thriller will have your heart racing as you fly through the pages! Perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Lisa Regan and Kendra Elliot.
Author Bio
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.
With over ninety books to her credit, she’s penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and YA novels, but she especially likes writing dark romantic suspense and crime fiction set in small southern towns.
For more on Rita and her titles, visit her at www.ritaherron.com. You can also find her on Facebook/ritaherron.com and Twitter @ritaherron.
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