MYSTERY

Her Final Words

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Aug. 2020. 349p. ISBN 9781542005968. pap. $15.95. THRILLER
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A motive would be nice. In Seattle, FBI Special Agent Lucy Thorne looks at Eliza Cook, a seemingly delicate teen who just confessed to the stabbing murder of 12-year-old Noah Dawson. Eliza, from remote Knox Hollow, ID, has traveled far and asked for Lucy by name. Lucy has just one long weekend to determine what happened in this secretive, tight-knit community strongly influenced by a church sect that shuns government interference. Josiah Cook is the face of the church; his wife, Rachel, the backbone. It is said the church takes care of its own. Taciturn Sheriff Wyatt Hicks has secrets, as does his young and stunning new deputy. The local cemetery contains many bodies of young people, and now Eliza’s friend is missing. Whom could she turn to? A motive would be nice.
VERDICT Labuskes (Girls of Glass) offers an intense mystery with an excellent character in Lucy, who methodically uncovers layers of deceit while trusting no one. Some plot developments are too convenient, and a few questions are left unanswered, but there’s a great concluding twist.

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