Losing Leah Holloway by Lisa Regan
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Claire Fletcher's been free of a pedophile's hands for years now, but the memories and nightmares still linger. She's out fishing with her sister and dog when they see a vehicle crash through a bridge guardrail and plummet into the river below.
Not about to sit back, Claire gets out to the vehicle and spies children and the driver. She manages to smash open the sunroof, but the driver, a woman, refuses to be rescued. Claire cannot figure out why.
This brings Claire back into the world of Detective Connor Parks. Claire broke things off, but they clearly have feelings for each other still. Claire doesn't want to be on the news and the focus of media attention again. Connor needs answers. Not only is the force busy trying to find a serial killer, but now they have to figure out why a supposedly sane loving mom would suddenly try to kill her children and herself.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Losing Leah Holloway takes you on quite the journey. There are a good number of twists to keep you guessing. Plus, the mystery is layered. You have the serial killer. There's Claire's trying to get past her past and move on with her future. There's also Leah's case. Something has to have happened to make this mom snap.
I found myself hooked, yet it never came off as a story I could rush. I had to savor each chapter and try to see if I could guess where things were leading. It took a while, but I started to get it. Once that happened, there was the excitement of seeing if the police could outsmart the killer.
RTR's Bottom Line
I find that the Thomas & Mercer line is offering some really great psychological suspense/mystery books. I worried that Losing Leah Holloway might be a struggle since it's the second book in a series, but I didn't need to. This book is a stand-alone mystery and one that will keep you guessing.