Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.
He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.
This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.
I really enjoyed the banter and chemistry between the two MCs. Cloister follows his gut and keeps his cards close to his chest throughout the whole book while Javi keeps everything to himself but seems more preoccupied with getting the job done.
Cloister didn’t have the best time growing up and makes a point of not letting anyone get to close to see him completely. But his past actually does a lot to help him succeed in his job and help find what is missing. Javi is so focused on moving up the ladder he doesn’t even want to consider a personal relationship let alone letting anyone close to him.
I was able to connect with Cloister right away, even if he didn’t let others know his thoughts and feeling we were definitely able to see them. As I learned more about him I felt more and more for what he has gone through. And while we saw the story through Javi’s eyes too I couldn’t quite connect with him; most of the time I just thought he was acting like a jerk. This story doesn’t really have a nice happy ending but it is left open ended and I would be interested to see more about these two in the future.
The cover art by Anne Cain is absolutely perfect.
ebook, 240 pages
Published: August 14, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English