A special thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The fourth in a series, Winslow is getting better with each book. Told from various points of view in first person narrative, this case is about a cold case of a beautiful missing girl from a small English village.
In 1976, Annalise Wood, a teenage girl disappears on her way home from school. Her body was later discovered, the person responsible for the crime was never found. Decades later, Annalise is a celebrity of sorts to the small town and for one woman especially. Named after the dead girl, Annalise Williams believes that sharing the same name has bonded her to the dead girl.
DNA linked to the Annalise murder surfaces and investigator Morris Keene enlists the help of his former partner, Chloe Frohmann to finally solve the mystery and bring closure to the residents of Lilling. As the investigation progresses, more questions arise rather than answers, the body that was perceived to be the missing girl may be someone else and that a recent drowning also has connections to the cold case.
The partnership between Keene and Frohmann is what great detective series are made of. These characters are flawed, but endearing, and just so likeable. The perspective of Dr. Laurie Ambrose added to the story giving it more of an edge and pushing it more into the psychological thriller genre.
My only criticism is how Winslow ties up some of the storyline. Again, her downfall is linking too many of the supporting cast—it feels a little forced and sometimes convenient.
Finally, finally the marketing team at William Morrow has stopped using Donna Tartt to advertise these books.