Dressed in garish Halloween costumes, two teenage girls run through a patch of dense woodland towards the outskirts of town. But before they can reach the safety of the streets beyond, they make a shocking discovery.
Following a piece of old rope, the girls find a large mound of freshly laid earth, undisturbed in the darkness of the trees. Clawing at the ground beneath them, they make contact with something solid. When they realise what they’ve discovered, the silence is broken by their piercing screams as they stare down at the shallow grave.
Without looking back, they run as fast as they can, failing to spot the person nearby watching their every move…
And when another grave is found just days later, it’s clear a serial killer is praying on the small town. But who is the killer watching now? And when will another grave be filled?
Detective Gina Harte is back! Oh, how I love this series!
This case explores one of my worst fears, being trapped in small spaces. The victims in this story are found buried alive, yikes! The killer is sadistic as they let the victims think that they have a shot at being saved. It takes time before the victims realize that nobody is coming!
As with the other cases, I couldn’t guess the identity of the perpetrator. The reveal was shocking and for the first time, heartbreaking. This case was personal for Gina as the unsub seemed to know about her abusive dead husband. This added more questions as I found myself wondering whether Terry was truly dead.
Silent Graves is another heart-pounding, captivating addition to the Detective Harte series. To better enjoy the series, you should read all the books in order. This series is one not to be missed!