Holly S. Roberts
published July 19, 2023
About the Book:
She wakes suddenly, realizing with a panic that her darling baby daughter should have woken long before now. Racing to the pink-colored nursery, she lets out a deep cry as she opens the door. The crib is empty. Her little girl has vanished.
It’s after midnight when Detective Eve Bennet receives a distraught phone call from an unknown number. The voice at the other end begs her not to hang up—a baby has gone missing. But what the caller says next makes Eve’s heart race. “She isn’t the first. There are many, many more.”
Rushing to the missing girl’s home, Eve finds the house empty, and when she knocks on their neighbors’ doors, not a single person answers. Whoever reported the missing baby doesn’t want to be found…
Secrets are held tight in the small town of Hilldale and as an outsider, Eve knows that the only way to uncover the truth is to persuade someone to talk. She finally has a breakthrough when a young wife goes against her husband’s wishes and tells Eve it’s not just babies being taken—mothers are disappearing too.
The woman leaves Eve a hand drawn map leading her to an isolated trailer park. What she finds there shocks her to her core. But she hardly has time to think before she notices a lone figure watching her every move. She’s not alone.
Can Eve save herself in time to finally unmask the truth before more innocent children disappear forever?
Fans of Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot and Lisa Regan won’t be able to put down this utterly gripping crime thriller from a USA Today bestselling author.
By now you should know I am a sucker for a good crime series. This is the second in the Eve Bennet series and it stands out a little from the other ones I’ve read as Eve’s cases, at least in these books, are in a Mormon community. Multiple wives, their owns laws, not a fan of outside policing. And what ups the story a little more is that Eve was once a part of that community and is related to some that are still part of it. So you get a detective solving a case, but you also get Eve’s history there and her inner dialogue at having escaped it. I am not terribly familiar with the Mormon community, but this might be an extra strict side sect. I don’t know but it reminds me a little of the Amish and their own views of the world.
And so far in these two books, there is a child at the center. In this one a child and then the mother have gone missing. The stakes are high as Eve and her team try to find them before something bad can happen to them as there is history and even more rumors of that happening there. And the town fights her and her team every step of the way. I like Eve’s team. Especially Clyde. I love Eve’s relationship with Clyde and how she is learning how to trust and shed her past as she works the case. She still has a tendency to be a little bit of a lone wolf but is working on that.
It’s an all around solid start to the series. A unique twist on the age old detective solving crimes. If you are a fan of this genre, you should check this one out. It has the comfort you’re used to but with a slight twist.
Holly Roberts began writing to alleviate stress in her day job, that of a homicide and sex crimes detective. Romance was her go to genre because she required a happy ending. She also touched on cozy mysteries and added six books to her forty book romance repertoire. Now that she’s retired and her mind at peace, she decided to delve into crime thrillers using her background and thirst for research to write the Eve Bennet series.
Holly has two movie/television options under her belt for her amazing life story. Part of the reason is Holly became a police officer at age 45 and led two high profile cases, one involving a serial killer. Now she enjoys the excitement of writing about crime while sitting at home with her two dogs, laptop, and a cup of hot tea close by.