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Buried Cold Case Secrets

My Madness Level : Low Madness

How much of a Madness : Only excited with the last few chapters.

What brings the Madness :

  • The action.  In the last few chapters, where everything is getting interested.
  • Plenty suspects to keep me interested.

What Madness I don’t like :

  • The beginning is kinda confusing.
  • Hate the characters. Especially Detective Jason, it’s like he didn’t think like a cop, he’s judging without checking the facts or proofs, well I know he lost his sister, but it’s like he forgot that he’s a cop and he’s pull and push give me a whiplash. Melanie too, I know she’s trying to overcome her trauma, but her behaviour is giving me a whiplash too, one minute she’s so strong, the next one she’s so weak and complaining and whining.
  • Predictable.
  • There’s police’s procedural that a bit unbelievable and weird and got me questioning everything.

Level of this Madness Recommendation : This one sounds good from the blurb but it’s just an okay read, hate most of parts so I can’t really recommended it.

Where to buy this Madness :

My Madness Review : Goodreads

TW//CW : abuse, death, kidnapping, murder, torture, trauma, violence

The Blurb :

Recovering her missing memories

could be the key to solving a murder

Searching for her best friend’s remains 
could help forensic anthropologist Melanie Hutton 
regain her memories of when they were both kidnapped
—unless the killer gets to Melanie first. 
For her safety, Melanie must rely on Detective Jason Cooper, 
who still blames her for his sister’s death. 
Can Jason set the past aside to solve the cold-case murder…
and shield Melanie from the same fate?

EXCERPT

 

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“Does it still hurt?”

She jumped.

“Didn’t mean to startle you. Guess I have a habit of doing that.” Jason rested against the neighboring tree.

Several deep breaths later, she forced a smile. “It’s okay.”

He narrowed his gaze and studied her a moment. “Well? Does it?”

“A little.” Truthfully, a lot, but Jason didn’t need to know that. “I, uh, wanted to thank you for watching out for me today.”

“Just doing my job.” The muscles in his neck and shoulders tensed.

“We both know it’s more than that.” She wiped her hand down her face. “Jason. We’re going to be working together for the foreseeable future. Do you think we can call a truce, at least while we do our jobs?”

His jaw twitched, and he remained silent.

She’d asked a lot, but the strain between them had to stop. She watched him for a few minutes then shook her head.

“Never mind.” She pushed from the trunk and limped to the hole in the ground. Her lead-filled heart threatened to drop to her feet. To think that fifteen years ago, she’d had a crush on him. He’d teased her and Allison, but he’d never allowed others to speak unkind words to them. If only she could return to those carefree days. The days before she had died on the inside and her friend had died for real.

Someday, Allison, I’ll find your body. I promise.

She swiped the wetness from her cheeks and lowered herself into the grave. The movement mimicked her mood. She picked up her trowel and searched for more bones.

An hour later, Melanie’s headache had become unbearable, causing her stomach to roil. Just what she needed, to lose her lunch in front of Jason. Scanning the grave, she spotted the paintbrush she used for delicate work. She grasped the handle, but dropped it. She tried again, but her fingers refused to cooperate. Her eyelids grew heavy. Something was off. She sat on the edge of the hole.

“Jason, help.” Her words were slurred. She struggled to stay upright. The trees in front of her blurred and swayed.

He kneeled down and came face-to-face with her. “What’s wrong?”

“I don’t know.”

“Help me out here. What’s the last thing you did?”

“I—I…” She struggled against the gray cloud jumbling her thoughts. “Took a break a while ago. Only digging since.”

His gaze flew to a spot behind her.

She wilted into him. Her vision tunneled, and darkness closed in.

“Keith! Grab the cooler and her bag!”

Jason’s frantic voice registered, but her body had shut down.

His warm arms lifted her. Her head bobbed and landed on his shoulder.

Her cheek bounced against his chest in cadence with the pounding of his feet on the path.

His rhythmic breathing was the last thing she heard before the world went dark.

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