Paramedic Rowan Wylie is heading into his granddaughter Amelia’s favorite play place when he notices a car that belongs to his friend and fellow paramedic Stacey Durham. When he can’t seem to find her anywhere he checks her car more closely and realizes the seat is covered in what looks like blood. When her husband arrives and they realize that it is in fact blood, they call the police.
When detectives Ella Marconi and Murray Shakespeare arrive and question everyone Ella is immediately suspicious of Stacey’s husband James but thinks there is also something off about Rowan’s answers as well. Murray doesn’t have as much suspicion of James and tells Ella several times that it isn’t always the husband. Not to mention, everyone has told them how much Stacey and James love each other and how happy they are together.
As the days progress and Ella and Murray chase one lead after another, both get somewhat frustrated. Ella because they seem to be getting nowhere fast and Murray because he’s worried that it will rain on his upcoming weekend wedding. Yep, Murray’s getting married. Meanwhile, Ella and Callum seem to be getting along very well, even with his mother’s antics to break them up and Aunt Adelina’s nosy and brash behavior.
On the paramedic’s side of the story, Stacey’s niece, Paris, is 6 weeks into the job and having a tough time getting things right. The fact that Rowan is her training partner and her Aunt Stacey’s good friend should help, but Paris has something bordering on panic attacks when she gets to a scene.
Paris’ mother, Marie, Stacey’s sister, is absolutely no help to Paris, is somewhat jealous of the close relationship Paris has with Stacey and is basically a very miserable person. Not to mention that Ella and Murray can’t seem to go to James’ house without Marie being there. Could there possibly be something going on between them?
The detectives are very anxious to find Stacey, hopefully alive, but with so much blood loss, that may not be possible. The only thing they know for certain is that someone is blaming James and sending texts that say that James needs to “Tell the truth” in order to keep Stacey alive.
I really enjoyed this book, just as I have all the books in this series: (you can see my reviews of the other books by clicking these links: review, review, review) and I was very saddened to hear at the end of the audiobook that Katherine Howell is putting aside her writing for a while and this may be the last of the series. When I heard that I felt like I was saying goodbye to a very good friend. I really have enjoyed the recurring characters and have loved listening to Caroline Lee’s narration. She is one of my 2 favorite narrators.
If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, I highly encourage you to do so. If you have, this is another great story in what you probably already know is a really great series.
Note: I was only able to find the audio version of this book on Amazon. I did find a couple of paperback copies on Alibris and Booktopia but I am not sure if they are still available. I will say, though that Caroline Lee is an amazing narrator and I listen when I am cleaning house, crafting, or driving. If you haven’t tried an audiobook, now may be just the time.
Have any of you read this series? What do you think about it?
Books in the Ella Marconi Series:
- The Darkest Hour
- Cold Justice
- Violent Exposure
- Silent Fear
- Web of Deceit
- Deserving Death
- Tell the Truth
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