What I’ve Done – Morgan Dane #4 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Fear-inducing and tear- inducing all in one exciting story.

Morgan Dane is finding it hard to work as a defence council, especially when she has clients like her current one. But when a friend of Sharp’s ask for their help to defend her daughter, Morgan and Lance will do everything they can to prove her innocence.

Morgan is one of my favourite female lead characters.  She is intelligent, caring and loves food! She also loves her family unconditionally.  Her Grandpa and three little girls are the backbone of her existence, with Lance being her shoulder of strength to lean on when times get hard.

Intrigue and suspense are in full flow in this story.  Hayley, who is being accused of murder, having been found covered in the blood of the victim and holding the murder weapon, has no memory of the nights events.  Morgan and Lance set out to investigate the night of the incident but in doing so ruffle some very uneasy feathers. As things heat up, especially for Lance, he and Morgan race to find the answers before it is too late.

Loved the ending, have tissues ready!

Rating 5/5

Listened to via Audible, Narrated by Cris Dukehart

 

Synopsis

Haley Powell wakes up covered in blood, with no memory of the night before. When she sees a man lying in the backyard, stabbed to death, she has only one terrified thought: What have I done?

Agreeing to take the case as a favor to her PI friend Lincoln Sharp, Morgan must scale a mountain of damning circumstantial and forensic evidence to prove her client innocent. Haley couldn’t appear more guilty: her bloodstained fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and she has no alibi. But Morgan can’t shake the feeling that this shocked young woman has been framed.

Someone out there is hell-bent on sabotaging her defense, targeting Morgan, her partner, and especially Haley. Someone who will stop at nothing—and whose next move will be deadly.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37759102-what-i-ve-done)

 

Bones Don’t Lie – Morgan Dane #3 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

A step into the past leads to a shocking discovery.

When a car is pulled out of a local lake, PI Lance Kruger becomes embroiled in the 23 year old case of his father’s disappearance. As Lance and Sharp investigate the remains found in the car, someone is one step ahead and killing anyone associated with the original investigation.  Getting on the wrong side of Sheriff King requires the constant need for legal representation, fortunately for these PI’s they have a lawyer at hand in the form of Morgan Dane.

This is a very emotional story for Lance and it takes him time to let Morgan help him.  I loved the talk Morgan had with him about letting her in and the dedication and unconditional support that love entails.  They make a great partnership and know when to keep things professional and when one really needs the other.

I really was not expecting the ending that this book had, it came as a total shock.  It was one of those moments where I was listening to the book and thinking “no, it can’t be. Surely not. OMG it is!”

A great third instalment in the Morgan Dane series, filled with murder, suspense and a thrilling ending.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Cris Dukehart

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Private investigator Lance Kruger was just a boy when his father vanished twenty-three years ago. Since then he’s lived under the weight of that disappearance—until his father’s car is finally dredged up from the bottom of Grey Lake. It should be a time for closure, except for the skeleton found in the trunk. A missing person case gone cold has become one of murder, and Lance and attorney Morgan Dane must face the deadly past that’s risen to the surface.

For Lance, the investigation yields troubling questions about a man he thought he knew. But memories can play dirty tricks. For Morgan, uncovering each new lie comes with a disquieting fear that someone is out there watching, because someone is killing every witness tied to this decades-old crime. Morgan and Lance follow in the shadows of a relentless killer and walk right into the cross fire.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35531822-bones-don-t-lie)

 

Her Last Goodbye – Morgan Dane #2 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Morgan Dane is back in the thrilling second book of the series.

On the hunt for a missing young mother, Morgan Dane enlists the help of PI Lance Kruger.  As they delve deeper into the case, it becomes increasingly clear that Chelsea Clark did not walk away from her family,  but the longer it takes the more Morgan worries that they may not find her in time.

Working close to Lance again brings feelings that she is not sure she wants to face.  Losing her husband two years ago was a traumatic experience, opening up her heart to someone new seems both wrong and dangerous.  When Morgan’s life is put in danger Lance knows that he would do anything for her but is Morgan ready? And is it fair to bring his personal problems into Morgan’s already hectic life?

Elements of this story where quite graphic, particularly the scenes of Chelsea’s capture and imprisonment.  It explores how a violent and domineering mentality is often covered up by friends and family and the denial that some people exhibit even when faced with the truth.

I really enjoyed this book and the growing connection between Morgan and Lance.  Looking forward to seeing what the next book in the series brings.

Listened to via audible. Narrated by Cris Dukehart.

Rating 4/5

SYNOPSIS

Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night out…and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband—also the prime suspect—hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence.

As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea’s family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets. When Morgan is stalked by a violent predator, everything—and everyone—she holds dear is in grave danger.

Now, Morgan must track down a deranged criminal to protect her own family…but she won’t need to leave home to find him. She’s his next target.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35074316-her-last-goodbye)

Little Girl Lost – DI Robyn Carter #1 by Carol Wyer

REVIEW

Carol Wyer knows how to bring suspense and conceal secrets in this first DI Robyn Carter novel.  An exciting and gripping story that had me hooked from the first page.

Little Girl Lost begins when a young girl is indecently assaulted by her soon-to-be step-brother and the fallout from this incident, along with the tragic events that follow, send the girl on a road of anger and revenge.

When Abigail Thorne starts to receive anonymous letters and phone calls she knows that her secrets may not stay secret for much longer.  But who can she trust?  Is her husband having an affair?  Does she hear voices? Is someone trying to make her crazy? Or is it all in her head?

Whilst on temporary leave and working for her cousin’s PI firm, DI Robyn Carter finds herself embroiled in a missing persons case. When Robyn notices a link between the missing person, a murder, and the unusual incidents happening to Abigail, she must find out how and who connects them.  The truth must be told if the Little Girl Lost is to be found.

This story starts with an harrowing incident and spirals into a world of secrets and suffering.  As the reader, we know who is doing it, we just don’t know who ‘she’ is!  The twists and intrigue associated with this story kept me listening at every opportunity, whilst ideas and thoughts bounced around inside my head as to who the girl actually is.  Very well written, and although it took me a while to get used to the narrator of this audio version, I soon became lost in the story.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Emma Newman.

Rating 5/5 

Synopsis

A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told. 

A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances. 
A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir. 
For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the men. But as she starts to delve into the cases, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number? 

But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted. 

Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die … 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32762388-little-girl-lost)

Say You’re Sorry – Morgan Dane #1 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Melinda Leigh is starting this new series in a spectacular way.

Morgan Dane, mother of three, and the potential new DA’s assistant finds herself on the other side as she agrees to defend her neighbours son against a murder charge. Enlisting the help of her friend, PI Lance Kruger, the couple set out to find the truth behind the killing and unearth the real murderer.

Morgan Dane is a likeable character who has had a tough time over the past few years.  She is a widow with three small children and has recently returned to Scarlet Falls to live with her grandfather.  Morgan’s sense of justice has always been to ensure that the bad guy is locked away and not let back out on the street, but when the ‘bad guy’ is  a friend and neighbour she is conflicted by her principals.

Morgan and Lance work great together. They have known each other a long time and the connection that they now have is building beyond friendship.

This was an interesting opening to the Morgan Dane series.  The story is exciting and edgy, and the characters are enjoyable to read. Looking forward to finding out what will happen next to Morgan Dane and Lance Kruger.

Rating 4/5

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Cris Dukehart

Synopsis

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.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33149088-say-you-re-sorry)

She Can Kill – She Can… #5 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

This is the fifth and final book in the ‘She Can’ series and follows two characters that have appeared in previous stories, Christan Rojas and Sarah Mitchell.  I really enjoyed this story as it essentially began in ‘She Can Tell’ and has waited until the end to be told.

Sarah Mitchell started off her married life to her charming, funny, high-school sweetheart with all the promise of happily ever after, but when an injury stopped Troy Mitchell from achieving his goals he took his displeasure out on a bottle and his wife. Scared for herself and her children, Sarah finally decides to leave but Troy is not going to make it easy for her.

Christan Rojas has been running from his former life for 12 years in order to keep his daughter safe and give her the life she deserves, but when it seems that it has finally caught up to him he knows he must leave again.  Unfortunately for him, his daughter and his blossoming relationship with Sarah put his plans on hold.  Can he stop running and keep his daughter safe. And when those he loves finds out the truth about his past will they ever forgive him?

Parents will do anything to keep their children safe and both Sarah and Christan do what has to be done for theirs.  Sarah has a fight on her hands against a husband who doesn’t love her or their children but will use them a leverage over Sarah.  Christan’s threat is much more violent and life-threatening.  As a parent I often wonder if I am doing the best for my children. Are they happy? Are they safe?  I don’t think that will ever go away.  Both these parents have the same doubts but on different levels and for different reasons.

The romance between Christan and Sarah is a slow simmer that bubbles away under the surface of the trouble they find themselves in.  Christan is the type of man that Sarah both needs and deserves, someone caring, considerate and wanting to make her happy.  For Christan, Sarah is what he needs.  He has had the drama, excitement and thrills and now wants to settle down, raise his daughter and enjoy life.

The threats to Christan keep the story exciting and engaging, along with the drama of Troy and Sarah.  Full of action and intrigue, this final book brings the series nicely to a close.  I have really enjoyed meeting all the characters and following the ups and downs of their lives as they face unknown threats and fall in love.

Rating 4/5

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Amy Rubinate

Series in order:

She Can Run – Elisabeth and Jack

She Can Tell – Rachel and Mike

She Can Scream – Brooke and Luke

She Can Hide – Abby and Ethan

She Can Kill – Sarah and Christan

Synopsis

Reformed assassin Cristan Rojas just wants to raise his daughter in peace. But after twelve years on the run, he learns that even the quiet little town of Westbury, Pennsylvania, has many hidden dangers. Although he can’t shake the feeling he’s under surveillance, Cristan’s attraction to Sarah Mitchell continues to grow, as do his concerns that his secret past could jeopardize anyone who gets too close to him.

Sarah is ready to start her life over with her children, a new job, and a budding romance. Her newfound happiness is threatened when her ex-husband becomes increasingly violent—and she soon learns her ex isn’t the only person stalking her.

Cristan fears someone from his past has arrived in town, someone far worse than a jealous ex. Someone who may be responsible for a brutal—and unsolved—murder a dozen years ago. To protect Sarah and his daughter, he must shine a light into the darkest recesses of his nightmarish past.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25682621-she-can-kill)

She Can Hide – She Can… #4 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Officer Ethan Hale has appeared throughout this series, so it was great to find out a bit more about him and his background.  Taking care of his mum and two younger brothers has not been easy and neither will his road to love and happiness.

Abby Foster has been briefly mentioned in ‘She can scream’ as a friend and co-worker of Brooke Davenport.  When Ethan pulls Abby out of a freezing river so begins their story that will have the reader turning page after page to find out exactly who is after Abby and more importantly…why?

The ending did come as a bit of a shock.  I had the feeling that Ryland Valentine was who he ended up being but I had no idea who was behind the kidnap/murder attempts. Kept me guessing!

Another thrilling story set in the quite backdrop of Westbury.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Amy Rubinate

 Rating – 4/5

Synopsis

From the moment Officer Ethan Hale pulls Abby Foster from icy waters, he senses there’s more to her than meets the eye. Abby has no memory of the accident that submerged her car in the frozen river. Three years ago, Abby was kidnapped and abandoned in a well for a week. The botched police investigation nearly killed her. Abby had moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania for a fresh start, but when it becomes clear that this car crash wasn’t an accident, she knows the violence from her past has caught up with her.

But Abby’s former assailant was convicted and imprisoned, so who else wants her dead?

Ethan uncovers a fresh string of murders tied to Abby’s past. Someone is trying to kill her, and this time the stalker seems determined to finish the task. As the killer grows bolder, Abby begins to trust Ethan enough to share the truth, her heart, and her life. But to stop the murders, Ethan must make a decision that could jeopardize it all.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20489824-she-can-hide)