Augusta/Gus is back where she grew up after always moving around with her grifter boyfriend Lars. A run down house and Levi, a mutt on its last legs are left to her after her great grandma passes. With no family left, no real plans and no money Gus puts the house up for sale, but not before going through her grandma’s things. In the basement she finds an old blue trunk she had when growing up. Inside the trunk are her mom’s, Detective Shannon, old case files. Gus was told her mom died in a car accident, but the way it was explained seemed fishy. Then there is the fire that destroyed an entire town, the boy that went missing years ago whose remains were just found, millions of dollars missing, and the unsolved case that kept Gus’s mom awake at night, Gracie Halladay.
This is one of those books that sucked me in and didn’t spit me out until the very end. There are so many mysteries to solve including but not excluding how Gus’s mom REALLY died! I loved the investigative work Gus did, and learning about the history of the town that was destroyed in the fire. Gus meets so many interesting people along the way. Some who help her solve the mysteries of the past, some who want her dead for trying to find out the truth, and some who follow Gus hoping she leads them to the missing money and then kill her.
The one thing that bothered me about Grace is that she trusts so easily. I would think that after being in a rocky relationship with someone like Lars, she would have her guard up more.
Nonetheless I flew through this book. So if you like trying to solve multiple mysteries and you enjoy suspenseful twists, this is the book for you! This one is out now!
Thank you Harper Collins Paperback for the #gifted copy!
Book Rating; 5/5
Wine Pairing: Chateau de Santenay Mercurey 1er Cru Les Puillets 2016 Pinot Noir
Augusta (Gus) Monet is living an aimless existence with her grifter boyfriend when she learns that her great grandmother—her last living relative—has just died. Ditching her boyfriend, Gus returns to the home she left as a young girl. Her inheritance turns out to be a dilapidated house and an old dog named Levi. While combing through her great grandmother’s possessions, Gus stumbles across an old trunk filled with long-lost childhood belongings. But that’s not all the trunk contains. She also discovers cold case files that belonged to her mother, a disgraced police detective who died in a car accident when Gus was eight. Gus remembers her mother obsessing over these very same documents and photographs, especially a Polaroid of a young ballerina.
When Gus spots a front-page news story about the unearthing of a body linked to one of the cold case files from her grandmother’s trunk, she can’t resist following her mother’s clues. As she digs deeper, determined to finish her mother’s investigation, her search leads her to a deserted ghost town, which was left abandoned when the residents fled after a horrific fire. As Gus’ obsession with the case grows, she inadvertently stirs up the evils of the past, putting her life in danger. But Gus refuses to be undeterred and is committed to uncovering long-buried secrets, including the secrets surrounding a missing geology student, the young ballerina in the Polaroid, a prominent family’s devastating legacy, and a toxic blast that blew an entire town off the map.
But is Gus ready to learn the truths that culminated on one terrible August night, more than a decade earlier, when lives were taken, and secrets were presumed buried forever…?