Review: Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

They know exactly when he’ll strike… They just have to find him first.In all their years working for the Baywood police department, detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan have never seen anything like it. Four women dead in forty days, each killed ten days apart. With nothing connecting the victims and very little evidence, the clock is already counting down to when the next body drops. A.L. and Rena will have to act fast if they’re going to find the killer’s next victim before he does.But identifying the killer’s next likely target is only half the battle. With pressure pushing in from all sides, a promising breakthrough leads the detectives to Tess Lyons, a woman whose past trauma has left her too damaged to appreciate the danger she’s in. Unwilling to let another woman die, A.L. and Rena will put everything on the line to keep Tess safe and end the killer’s deadly spree once and for all–before time runs out again.

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My Thoughts:

Four dead women, two detectives, and one serial killer on the loose.  Beverly Long’s latest novel, Ten Days Gone, grabbed me from the opening scene.

Ten Days Gone is a police procedural set in Baywood, Wisconsin.  It features Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan.  These two characters are thoroughly developed.  While McKittridge and Morgan search for the serial killer, Ms. Long also gives readers glimpses into their personal lives; she made them interesting, imperfect, and empathetic.

The story is told in a third person narrative.  The point-of-view alternates between the detectives.  The plot tension steadily ramps throughout the story, and I was keenly aware of the sense of urgency in finding the killer before he or she could strike next.  The story is very realistic and the dialogue is authentic.  The clues are openly shared with the reader, but that did not make the killer’s identity obvious.

Ten Days Gone is a highly suspenseful read with an intense denouement.  This series starter will appeal to fans of Shetland where there is ample character development, suspense and action.

 

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