Review: Cry for Help (Detective Madison Harper #2) by Wendy Dranfield

When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide––a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments…

Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?

Review

I continue to be super impressed by this series. Love it!

Madison and Nate are back. In this story, they visit Lost Creek, Madison’s hometown, to try and find out who framed her. It soon becomes clear that the residents don’t want Madison there. However, she is determined to try and find answers despite the hostile reception. She also is trying to solve 2 cases, an ongoing case and a personal one that involves someone dear to her. Above all, she is seeking to find her son, Owen, whose location was concealed after her imprisonment.

This story is narrated through multiple POVs with Madison being the main narrator. I loved the different angles and the new characters introduced in this installment. Madison and Nate have totally grown on me. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between the 2 and their backgrounds make this quite a unique police procedural.

Cry for Help has everything that makes a crime thriller entertaining. It has well crafted characters and MCs who I enjoy rooting for. The case is complex and the action, non-stop. The twists are jaw-dropping and the ending definitely left me yearning for book three. I cannot recommend this one enough.

7 thoughts on “Review: Cry for Help (Detective Madison Harper #2) by Wendy Dranfield

  1. Nice external and ‘internal’ conflict, and nice lead on this post with the missing ‘suicide’ knife: makes a big WTF moment right up front!
    And fantastic title, leading into what looks like a fantastic set of hidden social commentaries.
    Thank you for this review, Diana!
    Stay safe,
    -Shira

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