Also by this author: The Lost Girls
Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?
That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her—they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.
Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure—so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law— Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth—but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.
Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family—and herself—the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling—with Max's research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.
Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.
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Shattered is not part of the Lucy Kinkade series like “Lost Girls” but does include Lucy. This is book four in the Maxine “Max” Revere books. Maxine is a reporter who once she digs her teeth into something, they aren’t coming out. That is unless she is dead or her producer tells her too, and sometimes not even then.
A friend who’s son is missing calls Maxine up. In his turmoil he believes he has information to connect the disappearances and deaths of numerous other young boys. Their stories are similar, and so he believes it strongly enough to get Maxine to travel across the country. So Maxine starts doing what she does best. For her is it harassing family members of the missing. At least until she discovers that there is more to the story than what was originally thought.
Problem is, no one will listen to her, especially the family of one of the missing. The missing’s cousin just so happens to be a young FBI agent. She has had some issues of her own, and a very long list of accomplishments for her age. Maxine intrigues her and so she decides to sit down and meet her. That is with her security firm owning husband close by.
Lucy doesn’t get along with many people, and Maxine even less so. These two waver on a friendship as they try to find out the circumstances behind Lucy’s cousin’s disappearance.
I enjoyed this story, it showed a different side than the Lucy books. Rules are at times an afterthought, so is from a different perspective. That is as long as justice happens. I also really enjoy the author’s voice. Which is why this is actually not the first book of her’s that I have read or reviewed. If you like police procedure, or this type of drama, this is a great book to start your path into the world of Allison Brennan.