The smallest mistake will put you at a killer’s mercy
Three went in; one came out. For five years, no trace has been found of two high-school friends who went hiking in the woods near Nashville. The third teen, Amber Ryder, was discovered at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, head trauma–and zero memory of the horror that put her there.
What started as a cold case has become a fresh hell for forensic technician Georgia Morgan. Another woman’s body is found in the woods, and it leads to the missing teens’ remains. But while Georgia works with Amber to try and reawaken her memories, her gut tells her the worst is yet to come.
Homicide Detective Jake Bishop can’t be sure whether Amber is an expert manipulator or the killer’s next target. Either way, he’s determined to protect Georgia. Because the deeper she digs into the past, the deadlier the secrets that emerge, and a nightmare years in the making is about to come to a bloody, terrifying end…
Unlike some novels that try and fail to live up to their mystery/thriller label, Vulnerable hits the spot in every regard with an intriguing and well-paced plot. I was equally satisfied and invested in all the characters from the beginning—in particular Jake, who is caring and sensitive and just what Georgia needs in her life (whether she wants it or not).
I couldn’t guess who the killer was until well into the story and this always gets extra points, in my book! The author also skilfully slips in a couple of twists to keep throwing me off the scent.
With regards to the title, I usually like to see how it ties into the story’s theme, but I am still working on that. I’m assuming it refers to all the characters being vulnerable in some way. Regardless of my ramblings, the characters are portrayed as both strong and vulnerable.
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