“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”
Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist.
The woman’s daughter, Hannah Walker, and her friend Jodie have gone missing whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. It’s clear there’s something sinister about the girls’ disappearance, but then why are the local police department being so unhelpful?
So begins Dean’s journey to Lone Creek on the trail of the missing girls – and he’ll soon find out that in Lone Creek, everyone has something to hide …
Wendy is a former Coroner’s Assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband.
Who Cares If They Die and Where the Snow Bleeds are the first two books in the Dean Matheson series, with more on the way. As well as her crime thriller series, Wendy has written a YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – and she has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition.
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First up, I have to admit to not having read the first book in the series; in fact, I didn’t realise there was one. That said, it did not matter one iota, since the author gave enough backstory on Dean Matheson to follow this storyline without an urgent need to know more. That doesn’t mean, I don’t want to know more though … and I reckon the first book will be winding its way to my kindle any time soon.
Anyway, back to business as I saw it: After a traumatic time in the police force, Dean Matheson cannot give up the need to be on the right side of the law, and so has been working for some time as a PI. Unfortunately, interesting cases are few and far between until a British woman contacts him about her missing daughter who, together with a friend, has gone missing from a ski resort in Lone Creek where they were both working. With little to no information forthcoming from the police, the mother is desperate for help, especially since learning the police have closed the case. Dean wastes no time in heading to the resort with his faithful four-legged friend, Rocky.
Over at the police station, the cop in charge is only too glad to close the case – it gives him more time for golf! Unfortunately, one of his team is less than impressed with police efforts. Eva Valdez has just lost her policeman husband, killed in the line of duty, and has returned to work only to find few of her colleagues even seem to care. Eva and the cop in charge of the girls’ case do not have the best working relationship; it’s safe to say they despise each other. He thinks Eva is an interfering woman who should mind her own business, she thinks he is a good-for-nothing time-waster and a disgrace to the force. To avoid any further clashes between the two, Eva persuades her boss to let her further investigate the missing girls.
And so it happens that Eva and Dean find themselves in Lone Creek, shortly before a major snow storm hits the town, cutting them off from the rest of the country. Each is unaware of the other’s reasons for being there, and so there conversation is initially restricted to pleasantries in the dining room. It soon becomes evident to them both that they are on the same side, and together they are quick to pick on significant issues with the police investigation. The incoming blizzard only compounds their problems as they begin to join the dots and discover exactly who is behind the girls’ disappearance.
What follows is harsh reality, as secrets are uncovered that indicate evil exists within the resort, and its impact has much closer links to the town and its police force than anyone could have imagined.
I’ll not say any more on the plot, suffice it to say that it was a compelling read, with amazing twists coming at such a rapid pace it was impossible to put down.
Now you know why I will be catching up on the author’s first book, and eagerly awaiting the next.
While there are gory elements to this story that made me squirm, it was Rocky who brought me to tears – not that that’ll surprise anyone #sorrynotsorry LOL
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