From the bestselling author of the DI Bliss series comes an enthralling mystery thriller.
The truth can set you free – or bury you.
When FBI Agent Sydney Merlot returns to her home town in northern California to wind down her late father’s PI business, she soon finds herself on the wrong side of the aftermath of a high school shooting.
Sydney’s childhood friend – who is now county sheriff – plus the local PD, the mayor’s office, and most of the town’s inhabitants, are convinced the horror ended when the gunman was killed. Now they just want to be left alone to mourn. But Sydney has other ideas – and she is not alone.
While having to work through her own personal grief, Sydney is openly intimidated and receives anonymous threats. After discovering she is under surveillance, she begins to fear for her life. During her investigation she gains several allies, but as the days pass, Sydney doesn’t know who to trust, and which new friends might actually turn out to be foes…
I am seriously hoping that this is the first of many books to feature Sydney Merlot. If not, then the author is going to have one disappointed reader on his hands. To say how much I loved this book is a huge understatement as I thought it was absolutely brilliant!
The author sets the scene in Sydney’s home town. Sydney has gone home to take care of everything after her father’s untimely death. What she doesn’t bargain for is being asked to clear the name of the teenager who shot fourteen other pupils, which resulted in him being shot dead by the police. I have to say the storyline had my interest well and truly piqued.
It has a small town feel with Sydney causing a lot of unease with the locals who are not happy about her taking this case on. It certainly ruffles some feathers which at times had me fearing for her safety. People who she thought were friends, are turning their back on her as they would rather her leave things well alone.
Fifteen Coffins was a brilliantly enthralling read that I couldn’t get enough of. I loved Sydney as a protagonist and enjoyed getting to know her and how she works over the course of the novel. The story takes an unexpected turn and there are some seriously shocking surprises not only for Sydney but us readers as well. I am praying that the author is working on another book as Sydney is way to good a character to confine to one book.
My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Tony J Forder is the author of the bestselling DI Bliss crime thriller series. The first seven books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, If Fear Wins, The Reach of Shadows, The Death of Justice, Endless Silent Scream, and Slow Slicing, will be joined in December 2020 by a prequel novella, Bliss Uncovered.
Tony’s other series – two action-adventure novels featuring Mike Lynch – comprises both Scream Blue Murder, and Cold Winter Sun.
In addition, Tony has written two standalone novels: a dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, and a suspense thriller set in California, called Fifteen Coffins, released in November 2020.
Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author. He is currently working on Bliss #8, The Autumn Tree.
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