A Suspense Novel
Abandonment. Suicide. Murder. When a young woman finds herself unknowingly accountable for the past sins of her family, she must unravel their secrets and lies to stay alive.
When her grandmother is brutally murdered in her own home, Reagan Asher leaves her corporate job and rushes to her sleepy hometown in Ohio. She has barely entered the house before a second break-in attempt is made, prompting police to believe it’s not just a random burglary. Reagan’s lifelong friend Mattie asks Aiden Rannell, her brother-in-law and an ex-Navy Seal, to lend support and protection to Reagan as she navigates the investigation.
Aiden suggests a ring that Reagan’s grandmother owned may be more valuable than anyone believes. Considering her frugal life growing up, Reagan dismisses the idea, showing Aiden an old pink box filled with similar colorful, ornate costume jewelry she and her friends played with as children. When they find a decades-sealed container with shocking contents supporting Aiden’s concerns, Reagan begs him to help her find the origin and if it is related to her Nana’s death.
With the answers seemingly rooted in Reagan’s family’s past, they delve into her tragic childhood as the danger escalates. With each new revelation of betrayal and deception, Reagan begins to doubt everything she ever knew about her life.
The Bloody Shoe Affair
A daring and thrilling adventure with the jailer's daughter
Christi, a shy and naïve city girl, reluctantly teams up with her cousin, Lily, the “double-dare-you” teenage daughter of the county jailer of Roselyn, Mississippi, to figure out what happened the night Lily observed a deputy drop a pair of women’s bloody shoes from a bag. In an effort to find the truth and seek justice for the accused, they are drawn into an adventure of risk and unexpected twists that result in dangerous consequences. On their exciting journey, they explore forbidden places, meet colorful characters, and even find a little romance.
The Bloody Shoe Affair is also a marvelous coming of age story as Christi gains some independence from her family during her trip and also experiences a bit of romance.
While this mystery was written for young adults, I found it to be an entertaining and satisfying story that mystery fans of all ages should enjoy.
Jack Magnus of Readers' Favorite - 5 out of 5 Stars