Last Night

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Dec. 2023. 334p. ISBN 9781542030199. $28.99. SUSPENSE
Conor Reid has the perfect proposal planned. The detective with the Connecticut Police Major Crime Squad and his girlfriend Kate Woodward are vacationing at the posh Rhode Island Ocean House hotel. When they encounter Hadley Cooke there, their plans fall apart. Hadley is worried about her sister, renowned artist Maddie Morrison. Maddie and her six-year-old daughter CeCe are living at the hotel due to a contentious divorce. The two left the hotel as a blizzard hit, and haven’t returned. When Hadley leaves to look for her sister, Conor and Kate follow. Hadley finds Maddie’s murdered body, but CeCe is missing. Although Conor is sidelined from the official investigation, the Rhode Island police do keep him in the loop. He teams up to solve the case with his Coast Guard brother and Kate, who’s knowledgeable about the art scene. The murder investigation and frantic search for the missing child tie together Maddie’s past history as an artist and lover, in a story about the local community, jealousies, and greed.
VERDICT Readers of Rice’s previous novels involving art, family, and Conor (Last Day; The Shadow Box) will be most interested in this story, with its complicated conclusion.
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