Title: Faceless (Marty Keal #2)
Author: Dawn Kopman Whidden
Published Date: November 5th 2013
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
A pretty teenage girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later, a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion.
Who would do such a brutal thing—and why?
Is there some sort of psychopathic monster lurking out there, preying upon vulnerable females? Or were the victims targeted for some reason by someone they knew?
up to two of Fallsburg’s finest, Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal, to find out who’s responsible for the grisly crimes.
When she starts digging up clues, Jean is startled to learn that the crime has hit uncomfortably close to home. The victims—and many of the potential suspects—are classmates of Jean’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Bethany.
To make matters worse, Bethany’s behavior has drastically changed. Jean’s sweet, loving child has become a sullen, secretive stranger.
How much does Bethany really know about the victims—and the crimes that have taken place? Did Bethany’s hunky new heartthrob have anything to do with the crimes? And why does the mounting evidence keep pointing to a popular parish priest?
Dawn Kopman Whidden’s newest book, Faceless, returns readers to the town of Fallsburg, New York, as seen through the eyes of Detective Jean Whitley, two years after the events of Whidden’s previous book, A Child is Torn.
Suddenly deprived of her longtime police detective mentor and friend, Jean is forced to take the lead in this latest investigation, while breaking in a new partner.
As they dig deeper into the case, Jean encounters threats to her career, her family relationships, and possibly even to her own daughter’s life.
Through it all, Jean and Marty must unravel a multi-layered mystery and put a face on the unseen villain, before anyone else ends up dead…and faceless.
I have always said my favorite genre is paranormal, but Whidden has me seriously considering my former reading patterns. Dawn Kopman Whidden is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. A talented storyteller, Whidden whips up another thriller that will have your head spinning. The well developed characters, who began their journey is Ms. Whidden’s novel “A Child is Torn,” investigate the gruesome murders of young, beautiful girls.
The race is on to find a killer who removes his victim’s faces. Suspects come to light, while motive is hard to find. While suspicions grow in the town, Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal, continue to search for the horrifying murderer. Everytime I thought I had it figured out, the story would shift and take you down another terrifying path.
As I am quickly becoming aware, Whidden never leaves you unable to put the book down. I read while cooking, while folding laundry and while waiting in the pick up line at my children’s school.
I can’t wait for the next installment. Way to go, Whidden!
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