Series: Bree Taggert, #2
Published by Montlake Romance on 15th September 2020
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New sheriff Bree Taggert is called to a shooting in a campground shuttered for the winter. But she arrives to find a perplexing crime. There is no shooter, no victim, and no blood. No one but Bree believes the sole witness, Alyssa, a homeless teenager who insists she saw her friend shot.
Bree calls in former deputy Matt Flynn and his K-9 to track the killer and search for Alyssa’s friend. They discover the battered corpse of a missing university student under the ice in Grey Lake—but it’s not the victim they were looking for.
When two more students go missing and additional bodies turn up, Bree must find the link between the victims. She knows only one thing for certain: the murders are fueled by rage. When Alyssa disappears, Bree must race against time to find her before her witness becomes another victim.
Melinda Leigh’s an old-pro at this by now: a police procedural that starts predictably fragmented, with the careful low drop of clues and misdirections until the pieces slowly come together in a way that you couldn’t quite thought of before in the beginning.
‘See Her Die’ is undoubtedly an engaging read, and is a continuation of the Bree Taggert series revolving around the new sheriff in town who’s got so much on her plate while investigating crimes with her new partner. It’s also classic Melinda Leigh in that the whodunnit plot is kept fresh through writing that’s believable, relatable, tense and simply quite masterful.
The slow burn between Bree and Matt is near-negligible here especially since the focus lies in solving the mystery and the drawing out of suspense rather than a romance, which….is probably only there if you blink hard.
It’s not quite my preference really when the romance takes a back seat, considering I would have liked to have seen something more tangible other than fleeting whispers of how much they like each other and not having anything come out of it. But the build here, like Leigh’s Morgan Dane series is so gradual that the next 2 books would probably (hopefully) feature something more substantial between Matt/Bree.
So it’s another good, solid read that ‘See Her Die’ that we’ve got, though it’s not something anything different that Leigh has done for the past few years or so. As much as I like Leigh’s writing (and this isn’t any indication that I’ll stop reading all that she writes), I think I’m ready for something more radical and steamy from her.