Detective Natalie Lockhart is still grieving over her losses and except for her work, her life is basically at a standstill. Unwanted fame and all that came with it have left additional scars. The discovery of the body of a young woman in a dumpster threatens to place her back in the limelight. Can she handle the stress and solve this case?
The second book in Alice Blanchard's Natalie Lockhart series, THE WICKED HOUR is a complex and intricately woven story. Well-plotted, the narrative moves quickly. Natalie is a well-crafted and believable protagonist. She is a meticulous investigator and a deep thinker. The past plays heavily throughout THE WICKED HOUR and there is no shortage of suspects. The large cast of characters is a quirky group and each come with their own backstories. As the story races to its conclusion, there is a horrifying discovery and life-threatening danger. Even with that, the solution is one that I never saw coming! Highly recommended.
From the award-winning author of Trace of Evil, a detective dealing with the scars of her past must solve a seemingly unconnected string of murders, and face the impossible question of what to do when the killer may be hiding amongst the ones you know, in Alice Blanchard's The Wicked Hour.
The day after Burning Lake’s notorious, debauched Halloween celebration, Detective Natalie Lockhart uncovers a heartbreaking scene--a young woman, dead and lying in a dumpster. There’s no clue to who she is, save for a mystifying tattoo on her arm, and a callus underneath her chin. She’s not from around here. No one knows who she is.
As Natalie retraces the young woman’s steps leading up to her death, she uncovers a deeper, darker horror--a string of murders and disappearances, seemingly unconnected, that may have ties to each other--and explain the abrupt disappearance of her best friend years ago.
As she digs deeper within the mind of the hunter, Natalie finds a darkness she could never have imagined. And as she draws closer to the truth, the killer is weaving a trap for her that may prove inescapable.