Say You’re Sorry
Morgan Dane, Book #1
In a new series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh, former prosecutor Morgan Dane faces the most personal—and deadly—case of her lifetime.
After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.
Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight. (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Morgan is a tough woman who has had more than her share of heartache. She is a no-nonsense woman who can handle most anything herself. But she also has a softer side and we get to see her grieving for her husband and being a mother to her three girls. This made her feel very human to me. Lance is a stand-up guy who likes to see justice served. He unfortunately has some baggage, with his mother and his injury. But he is a good guy and is very willing to help Morgan in any way he can. I really enjoyed meeting both of them and getting to spend time with them.
The mystery was well plotted and the action was fast paced.. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was not easy to solve. In fact, I was surprised when the killer was revealed.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and the first chapter had me riveted to the pages. The book was written from different perspectives and while I usually do not like that technique, it worked very well in this case. It allowed the reader to get an up close and personal understanding of everyone’s feelings and fears.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written mystery suspense. I have read many other books by this author and she never disappoints. She is one of my favorite suspense writers. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and getting to spend more time with Morgan and Lance.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to read and review this great book.