Review: Frozen Souls (Detective Ellie Reeves #4) by Rita Herron

She looked like an angel. She lay perfectly still, silky blonde hair falling to her pale shoulders. Icicles clung to her eyelashes as snowflakes fluttered to the frozen ground, burying her body.

As a snowstorm wreaks havoc in the mountain town of Crooked Creek, a woman is found buried in ice. Detective Ellie Reeves is first on the scene. Examining the body, she finds frozen blonde hair, pink nail polish and a silver heart necklace engraved with Mine Forever.

Ellie has first-hand experience of the monsters that lurk in the mountains––her childhood is testament to that. She vows to catch this one, but she’s up against the brutal weather, with snow covering footprints and making forensics impossible.

Frantically trawling through missing-person’s reports, Ellie identifies the victim. Nadine Houser disappeared eleven years ago. Where has she been all this time? Why was she only murdered now?

As storm clouds roll in, another girl is reported missing. Ellie retraces the steps of Ginger Weston who was renting a cabin in the mountains. She discovers a gold chain in the snow, spotted with blood. The killer is accelerating, and it’s just a matter of time before more innocent lives are robbed.

With the town blaming Ellie for the missing girl on her watch, and everyone fearing for their safety of their daughters, it’s down to Ellie to solve the toughest case of her career. But when the killer comes after her, will she live to save Crooked Creek from its ruthless monster?

Review

Just for the record, I wouldn’t want to live at Crooked Creek. It sounds like a scenic small town with lovely views of the mountains but it does host some really twisted individuals. Lucky for the townsfolks, Detective Ellie Reeves always works hard to keep them safe.

The discovery of the body of a young woman frozen in the snow has the detectives puzzled. The case becomes more complicated when its discovered that the victim had been missing for over a decade. When another young woman goes missing, Ellie and her team know that the discovery wasn’t an isolated case. Someone is preying on young women in Crooked Creek.

The story is told by multiple narrators including the killer whose POV was quite chilling. Ellie is the main narrator and through her we get to follow the investigation. This was a long, frustrating case for the detectives. Once again, the mountains provide such a huge area for the unsub to disappear and stay hidden.

I continue to enjoy Ellie’s development through the series. I didn’t like her in the first book but now, I adore her. I like how well she now works with Derrick, Shondra and Cord. Her personal development is also quite interesting. I love to see how her relationships have grown through the series. That said, she had me totally hooked on the case. I was anxious for her and the team and couldn’t wait for them to catch the predator.

This was yet another stunning installment to the series. Its fast-paced, well-written and quite twisty. I am glad that I already have the next book in the series. I can’t wait to find out what awaits my favorite characters and their small town.

7 thoughts on “Review: Frozen Souls (Detective Ellie Reeves #4) by Rita Herron

  1. Great review Diana. I am glad this series gets better as it goes along. The killer’s POV always adds to a book as well as giving me chills when I read it.

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