A sensational crime, a missing teen, and a mother and daughter with no one to trust but themselves come together in this shocking debut thriller by R. H. Herron.
“Mama? Help me.”
Laurie Ahmadi has worked as a 911 police dispatcher in her quiet Northern California town for nearly two decades. She considers the department her family; her husband, Omid, is its first Arab American chief, and their teenaged daughter, Jojo, has grown up with the force. So when Laurie catches a 911 call and, to her horror, it’s Jojo, the whole department springs into action.
Jojo, drugged, disoriented, and in pain, doesn’t remember how she ended up at the home of Kevin Leeds, a pro football player famous for his on-the-field activism and his work with the CapB—“Citizens Against Police Brutality”—movement. She doesn’t know what happened to Kevin’s friend and trainer, whose beaten corpse is also discovered in the house. And she has no idea where her best friend Harper, who was with her earlier in the evening, could be.
But when Jojo begins to dive into Harper’s social media to look for clues to her whereabouts, Jojo uncovers a shocking secret that turns everything she knew about Harper—and the police department—on its head. With everything they thought they could rely on in question, Laurie and Jojo begin to realize that they can’t trust anyone to find Harper except themselves . . . and time is running out.
My Mini Thoughts:
I think being a 911 Dispatcher would be one of the most difficult jobs. When Laurie gets a call from her own daughter, well that’s the stuff nightmares are made of. That part alone gave me chills.
At first I thought this was going to be one of those books about a rebellious teenager whose parents were both in law enforcement. Ok, it’s a little of that. Jojo does keep secrets from her law abiding parents. Her biggest and worst secret of all is that she has rekindled her relationship with Harper.
Just by reading about Harper you get a bad feeling. She’s not a kid from the wrong side of the tracks either. Her parents have more money than they know what to do with. She’s just a bored, rich little girl who likes to play games, but her games have high stakes and fatal endings.
I liked that Laurie and Jojo started their own investigation. Laurie breaks all the rules to find out what happened to her daughter and Harper the night she took that 911 call. What Laurie finds while searching Harpers social media accounts is heartbreaking. For her and her family, this secret hits too close to home.
Meanwhile Jojo knows Kevin would have never hurt her. Thankfully he tells Jojo the one big secret that nobody knows that can prove his innocence. In return Jojo also shares why she’s so desperate to find Harper alive.
In the end, the author throws in a twist I didn’t see coming, but now looking back I should have seen it.
I thought this book was a very quick read. Quite the page turner. If you’re looking for a good suspenseful novel with a few twists, look no further.
Book Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷
For the grand finale, this would pair nicely with The Collection.