Three young girls are missing. All of them cold cases. All of them forgotten. But when Detective Jess Bishop identifies a disturbing link between them, she’s determined to find out what happened, and fights to re-open their cases.
At the scene of each abduction the kidnapper left a clue – a small bag of candy – in place of the missing child.
And then a fourth child is taken. Eight-year-old Ava is snatched from her hospital bed and when a bag of candy is found in her room, Jessica knows it’s the same kidnapper.
As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to breaking point, Jess takes a personal risk she fears she’ll live to regret. But she has no choice.
Out of hospital, Ava can only get sicker: Jess is running out of time. Can she find Ava before it’s too late?
*Thank you to the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
Cross Your Heart is the second installment of the Detective Jess Bishop series by Kierney Scott. The story picked up a few weeks after her horrific encounter with an obsessed serial killer that left her hand heavily damaged. But that won’t stop her from getting back to her job as an FBI Agent. She just needs to convince the doctors that she’s physically and mentally ready despite the constant pain on her injured hand. While waiting for the doctors’ recommendations, Jess is gathering information about unsolved missing child cases. She noticed a link that the police have missed and she’s determined to catch the kidnapper. Not long after she gets the go signal to go back to work, another eight-year-old girl is taken from the hospital and Jess is certain it’s the same person who took the others. Time is running out for Jess and her team because Ava is sick and if they don’t find her soon enough, she’ll die.
I liked the first book enough to want to read this second one. Although I still find it hard to completely relate and like Jess’ complex character, her story is starting to grow on me. I enjoyed this book more since I already know what to expect. I already had an idea of how unstable the main character is, therefore, her actions didn’t surprise me anymore. There’s also less of her personal life and more of the case. As with the first book, the new case is a hard one to crack as there seem to be no connections between the victims. It is very intense and unsettling, extremely disturbing even, as it involves children as victims. The mystery as to who the culprit is was thrown in with enough red herrings that made it hard to guess who really it is. The suspense was built well and the unexpected twist certainly took me by surprise. I didn’t see that one coming. And though I didn’t like what happened, it is also interesting how Jess will take it in the next book. With less than 300 pages, it is a quick read. A solidly written fast-paced, gripping thriller with an interesting yet unstable main character. I will be waiting for the third book but I hope to see some character development with our heroine.