Summary (from Goodreads):
“San Francisco Bay Area reporter Gabriella Giovanni stumbles onto a horrific crime scene with only one survivor—a baby girl found crawling between the dead bodies of her family members. Reeling from the slaughter, Gabriella clings to the infant. When Social Services pries the little girl from her arms, the enormity of the tragedy hits home. Diving deep into a case that brings her buried past to the forefront, Gabriella is determined to hunt down the killer who left this helpless baby an orphan.
But one by one the clues all lead to a dead end, and Gabriella’s obsession with finding justice pulls her into a dark, tortuous spiral that is set to destroy everything she loves …”
A lot of my friends are into mysteries, and all of a sudden, it seemed like everyone was talking about this book. When that happens, I tend to pay attention.
This is the third book in a series, but it functions really well as a standalone. (I do want to go back and read the first two books, though; the first one especially tends to ricochet all through the events of this one—it didn’t make me enjoy this any less, but it made me very curious to read it.)
I tend to really like books with journalists and this was no exception. I’m not sure how long Gabriella would really last in the news business (she became part of the story in this book, and that tends to not work out so well in terms of keeping your job) but it was also obvious that she really loved her job and was good at it.
The mystery in this is incredibly well done and I can guarantee you that you won’t want to stop reading until you know exactly what’s going on.