Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novella in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Chief of Police John Dakota is in a world of trouble. His peaceful town of Seaside, Oregon, has been rocked by a wave of unsolved murders. The bloody deaths are eerily reminiscent of ones that occurred in Seaside years ago. Back then John worked hard to make sure the truth about the killer was never revealed. Now he’s afraid the past is coming back to haunt him.
Trevor English, the nosy reporter who occasionally shares John’s bed, is demanding information about the crimes. He also wants more of John’s affections. But John can’t afford to give in to either demand without risking the revelation of Seaside’s biggest secret: the town is a haven for shifters, and John is one of them.
To solve the crime—and prevent more victims—John must delve into the past. Many members of Seaside’s shifter community are involved, but it’s becoming harder and harder to tell which residents can be trusted. Even John’s family isn’t above suspicion. The body count is rising, and it looks like John is the killer’s next target.
Review: John Dakota’s nightmare has come true. As the local police chief he’s aware of how similar the gruesome murders in his jurisdiction are to the heinous crimes committed in the past. To complicate matters, John is also the local Alpha and the crimes in the past were committed by a shifter. Keeping shifters secret is of utmost importance. To complicate matters (heh), John has been the bed partner of the reporter for the town of Seaside’s local paper. Things are never easy for John. He knows what types of victims will be next and where they will be found, but he’s in a race to find his suspect among a group of townspeople afraid the past has come back to haunt them all while trying to hide his real self from a guy he may be falling in love with.
This is a good mystery. I trusted no one. Without revealing any information, I’d just like to say I really liked how the mistrust was set up and spread to all the possible suspects. I think the romance aspects of this were charming, but the mystery stole the show for me. I also liked John’s relatively low self esteem. John is a guy with a lot of authority, but doesn’t see himself as anything special. Not only physically, but in terms of his actions. John has carried a surprisingly heavy burden without asking for any kind of help. Seeing a lot of people not only respect him for that but attempt to help him and alleviate his burden was good.
If you’re a fan of shifters and are looking for a good mystery this book is a great weekend read and worth your time.