This book was a Kindle first read I believe, so I didn’t pay any money for it. Thankfully, I liked it!
The story is split into two distinct story lines for the first (approximately) half of the book. Eventually they come together, but let’s stick to the split stories for now.
There’s actually a totally different story at the very beginning. There’s a couple driving home from a bar, and the lady gets frisky. They end up crashing into a telephone pole, and someone finds the body of a dead child. It’s like an episode of Law and Order though, where the first part of the story is irrelevant and you never see those characters again.
One half of the story is the detectives / FBI / other officers investigating the grave of the little boy that the drunk couple inadvertently found. The cops also find multiple other bodies in their investigations of the surrounding area. Susan – an officer who was one of the first on the scene of the young boy’s grave is frozen out of the investigation by her boss and the FBI.
The other half of the story involves a college professor named Eric who starts hallucinating a boy in overalls. He had schizophrenia, so he just assumes at first that his meds need to be reevaluated, and is only mildly concerned. Eventually the hallucinations get worse, and he starts to realize that the boy might be related to the big murder investigation.
Conveniently there’s a local pedophile who’s a likely suspect, and the FBI focuses on him for a while. Eric and Susan start doing their own investigations, and find some answers and more questions. We also get a bit of a look into Eric’s life living with mental illness. I thought it was cool to see someone with schizophrenia who wasn’t a crazy ranting murderer, but the semi-hero of the story. I’d recommend this book, and I will be reading the next ones in the series! 3.5 to 4 stars.