Author: Sue Coletta
Published: October 2016
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Sage Quintano is a bestselling mystery author. Three years ago, a serial killer broke into Sage’s home, and she barely escaped with her life. She survived with grave physical injuries, severe emotional scars, and devastating secrets she swore to take to her grave. Her husband, Detective Niko Quintano, accepts a position as Sheriff in Grafton County in New Hampshire. He hopes that the quiet life in Rural New Hampshire will help them heal from this traumatic experience.
Three years have passed. The painful memories of that night persist. Then a grisly murder case lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller begins to torment Sage. Sage’s twin sister disappears, with the killer giving Sage cryptic messages. With the nightmare returning, Sage must push through the emotional jumble. She must pull together her sleuthing skills to find her sister and avoid becoming the next victim.
Sue Coletta has woven a frightening tale of mystery and sadistic murder. Sage Quintano is a mystery author with a detective husband. A brutal attack by a serial killer shatters their lives and future hopes. Sage’s husband Niko thinks that a change to quaint Alexandria, New Hampshire will help them heal. Eerily familiar murders start cropping up around the county. Sage starts receiving strange messages from the killer. The nightmare seems to be replaying itself.
Sue Coletta makes use of first person when dealing with Sage’s point of view, but third person when dealing with other people. It can be disconcerting at first, but one can quickly get use to it. The mystery of the killer and what happened to Sage’s identical twin sister, Chloe, sets an immediate sense of tension in the novel. The stress between Sage and her husband begins to ratchet up the tensions. The characters are interesting, and there are many twists in the plot before the shocking ending. There are some scenes with an esp link between Sage and Chloe. While not horrible, these should have been set up better to avoid a seeming deus ex machina. Altogether, it is a stimulating mystery/thriller.