Mercy Creek, a review by Tanya

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Mercy Creek (Jo Wyatt Mystery, #2)
M.E. Browning

Published Oct 12, 2021 by Crooked Lane Books

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About the Book:

The late summer heat in Echo Valley, Colorado turns lush greenery into a tinder dry landscape. When a young girl mysteriously disappears, long buried grudges rekindle. Of the two Flores girls, Marisa was the one people pegged for trouble. Her younger sister, Lena, was the quiet daughter, dutiful and diligent–right until the moment she vanished.

Detective Jo Wyatt is convinced the eleven-year-old girl didn’t runaway and that a more sinister reason lurks behind her disappearance. For Jo, the case is personal, reaching far back into her past. But as she mines Lena’s fractured family life, she unearths a cache of secrets and half-lies that paints a darker picture.

As the evidence mounts, so do the suspects, and when a witness steps forward with a shocking new revelation, Jo is forced to confront her doubts, and her worst fears. Now, it’s just a matter of time before the truth is revealed–or the killer makes another deadly move.

My Review:

Oh my goodness – M.E. Browning has done it again!  I’m totally infatuated with the MC, Jo Wyatt!  There are so many detective books out there but there is something about this one that I really connect with.  She’s so full of passion to get to the truth and simply never gives up.

The writing style of the Jo Wyatt stories are very well paced, easy to read and keep me riveted the entire way through.

In Book 1, there was something that occurred, off the main path of the story, that was like a sucker punch right to my solar plexus.  In Book 2, Browning provided another sucker punch, I was almost in tears with this one.   I love the emotional connections that this author creates through her writing.

 

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up Book 1 yet, Shadow Ridge, make sure you grab it soon!  These two books can be read as stand alone but they are so good, you will want to read them both.  I can’t wait until the next installment of this series!!

 

Thank you to #CrookedLaneBooks and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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