Harper, 2022 (2022)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
lafair Burke's latest mystery,
, opens on a New Jersey car accident (a rollover crash) that left its survivor (a young woman in her late teens or early twenties) with amnesia. Fifteen years later, she still doesn't remember what happened and her identity remains unknown. Everyone calls her Hope Miller.
indsay Kelly, now a Manhattan defense lawyer, befriended Hope and is still very close to her and concerned for her wellbeing, especially as Hope still lacks proper id. Lindsay worried when Hope decided to move to East Hampton (six weeks before the mystery gets going) but understood her friend's desire to
and live a normal life. Hope found a position working for a slick independent realtor.
ow Hope has gone missing and blood is found at the scene of a home she was preparing for an open house, blood connected to the College Hill Strangler case. Series fans will recall that the cop father of Burke's protagonist, NYPD homicide detective Ellie Hatcher, dedicated his life to hunting that killer, and eventually killed himself (though his daughter found it impossible to believe that he committed suicide).
indsay becomes determined to find Hope, despite others (police and her boyfriend) viewing it as an unhealthy obsession. She contacts Ellie Hatcher and the plot quickly thickens. They eventually both get answers, Ellie's hitting very close to home. As always, Alafair Burke delivers an absorbing mystery read, with a dramatic conclusion, in
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