⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5-stars
Another hit out of the park for Sue Coletta. The Grafton County Series is about the lives of Niko and Sage Quintano who live in Grafton County New Hampshire. Niko is the Sheriff and Sage is a crime writer. Sage has survived more than her fair share of tragedy, but in this book, it looks like she will have to go through more tragedy and her family is in danger once again as well. As usual, she will not rest until she knows that those she loves are safe.
Five missing boys and an adult corpse found in the town’s water shed was only the beginning for Sage and Niko Quintano. After a hooded-stranger gives their son, Noah, a stuffed animal–the exact Christmas moose given to all the missing boys days before their abductions–their lives spiral downward into uncertainty.
Could Noah be the next boy to go missing?
As they piece together each cryptic clue, the future looks more and more grim. But what they soon discover blows everyone’s mind, the truth teetering on the unfathomable.
What does it all mean, and where do they go from here?
I love Niko and Sage as well as the other characters in the Grafton County Series. Nico is always trying to support Sage in her writing and her need for investigating, but she sometimes gets out of hand and Niko worries about her. He has no control over her or Frankie. Sheriff Deputy Frankie Campanelli is sassy, snarky, and funny. She tries to be professional, but her personality slips out when she least expects it. Frankie’s antics always makes me laugh, even when she is doing her job and trying to be a good deputy, she just can’t seem to help herself. One of her replies to a request by Sheriff Quintano is “Minga, dude. You’re as useless as tits on a rooster.” She thrust a pointed finger toward the ground. “Get your ass down here now. You’re an embarrassment to the badge.” She was talking to young deputy Preston Bradley.
As I started this book, I was laughing, by the time I was at chapter 14, I was crying, and by the time I got to the end of this book, I was thinking, WTH? I give this book a 5-star review and cannot recommend this book, or any of Sue Coletta’s books, to readers enough. If you like snarky, sassy, strong women, crime stories, and suspense in your books, you will not be disappointed reading this book.