Publication date: 7th July, 2021.
She wakes to the sound of footsteps outside her secluded home. Moving toward the window, she scans the dark woods around her and freezes. A tall figure in a long dark coat holds a crossbow pointed right at her. She blinks as lightning cracks overhead. But when she opens her eyes, the figure has vanished…
When the body of a man is found in the dense forest surrounding Black Rock Falls, Sheriff Jenna Alton immediately sees disturbing similarities with a past case—the same murder weapon, the remote beauty spot, and the way the victim is perched against a tree with no sign of a struggle. But the killer in that case was jailed for life.
Jenna suspects a copycat killer and her fears are confirmed when, during the town’s Halloween festival, the bodies of two tourists are found further down the remote trail. They too had been hunted down and murdered in another picturesque spot and all Jenna can hope is that the man behind bars can help her catch the twisted monster behind these new deaths.
As she comes face to face with the vicious murderer who has haunted her dreams for years, she is sure he knows more than he’s telling her. Looking deep into Jenna’s eyes, as if they’re two old friends catching up, he promises to take his final revenge on her for locking him up. But before she can learn more, he is dragged away by prison guards.
When a sudden emergency call takes Jenna and her deputy David Kane deep into the woods, Jenna senses something is very wrong about the situation. As a strange calmness falls over the forest, a familiar face emerges from the shadows. Will this killer be the one who finally takes down Sheriff Alton, and can they make it out of the forest alive?
If you love heart-racing crime books by authors like Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot, you will love this exciting thriller from USA Today bestselling author D.K. Hood.
About the author
D.K Hood is THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY, and Amazon Bestselling Author of The Kane and Alton Series. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers.
Two of her books, Where Angels Fear and Her Broken Wings, are listed as the Best Thriller and Best Detective Books Of All Time .by The Book Authority.
D.K. lives very quietly with her husband enjoys her beautiful garden filled with birds and water dragons. The dogs and cats in her stories are reminiscent of her wonderful companions.
“Writing crime thrillers for Bookouture (Hachette) is a dream come true for me. I really love writing the Kane and Alton Series.
It’s great to “meet” so many wonderful readers from all over the world through my Facebook pages. Their support and friendship is inspirational.
I’m currently writing more books in the series.
I love writing about the rugged beauty of Montana and my interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. It was one subject I enjoyed studying and with the constant advances, it never gets boring.
With many stories, waiting for me to write, I’ll look forward to sharing more exciting crime thrillers with you.”
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What a tense and exciting detective novel and it’s set during my favourite time of the year, Halloween. I loved the stormy weather, mist and pumpkins. They added a sinister backdrop to the most heinous of murders taking place in Black Rock, Montana. This brings me onto the location. I can only imagine a place as splendid as this but I got a real picture of it in my head. I loved the streets, the woodland and the cafe.
I really enjoyed Jenna’s character and that opening… what an explosion of action. I found myself instantly hooked especially as the dangers ramped up. I loved the use of the horses, and the bloodhound was adorable. The relationship between David and Jenna was a real treat too. I took to the crime fighting duo with ease. Gripped by the each of the main characters chapters, I found myself rooting for them throughout.
As for the investigation, the chapters with the inmate were a nail-biting treat. Such great cat and mouse interplay, and psychologically intense too.
This was my first Kane and Alton read and I felt more than happy that it could be enjoyed as a stand-alone even though there are earlier books in the series.
The ending was an absolute heart hammering cracker, and if you love detective fiction, ‘Cross My Heart’ is a must read!
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