Jessie wills the young woman to breathe as she desperately tries to save her life. Between chest compressions, she catches a glimpse of her face. The girl could be on her honeymoon—chestnut hair tumbling around her head, rose petals gripped in her hand, like she had been holding a bouquet. Wake up, please…
Jessie Novak is determined to find the person who viciously attacked a young, popular schoolteacher, Ann. Her partner Detective Sam Dallas is assigned to the case and together they dig into Ann’s past, trying to find the person who wanted to hurt her. But then Jessie receives a gift that sends shivers up her spine: a huge bouquet of blood-red roses, just like the ones Ann was clutching…
As the first snow falls, another body turns up. Jessie is standing in the morgue when the sheet is pulled back, her heart stopping when she sees a familiar face. She looks down at her friend Bert, a local journalist, who has supposedly committed suicide whilst investigating Ann’s death. But as Jessie examines his body, she sees defensive wounds that make her sure: this is another murder by the same killer.
Jessie is utterly devastated when she realizes she missed several calls from Bert before he died. He was reporting on the case and when she listens to his last message—don’t trust anyone—it’s clear he was getting too close to the truth. Determined to avenge Bert’s death, Jessie tracks a lead to an abandoned house, putting her life on the line. Can Jessie turn the tables on the killer, or is she just a dead girl walking?
A totally addictive mystery novel that will leave you gasping for breath and have your heart thumping! Fans of Lisa Regan, Gregg Olsen and Tess Gerritsen will be completely hooked.
Dead girl walking the first book in the series by Roberta Gately- another new author for me.
Loved it! I’m a huge fan of crime thriller books and happy to add this to one of my favourite reads of the year.
Jesse an ER nurse has a very busy night when two people – husband and wife – get rushed in after being shot. The husband an up and coming political hotshot makes the shooting front page news. Jesse has her thoughts on the crime and whilst working her already stressful and high paced job helps the police with questioning and her views to help solve the crime.
I loved that our main character was an ER nurse and that we get the story from her perspective and not so much from the normal police detective side. The glimpse we get into the busy hospital environment was good to read also.
I did find some of Jesse’s personal choices questionable but no one is perfect. The interaction between herself and her elderly neighbour I found endearing and hope to read more between the two further in the series. I feel that this book is very nicely set up for the future books and there is plenty more that I want to read about Jesse.
I will note that I did guess who the culprit was and who I thought was involved but I thoroughly enjoyed reading how it all came about.
Finally a big thank you to Bookoture and Roberta Gately for allowing me to review this ARC – I received a copy free in exchange for an honest review.