What You Don't Know

Flatiron: Macmillan. Feb. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250075536. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250075543. F
When Jacky Seever is arrested and sentenced to death for the brutal murder of 31 people, the Denver community is relieved to end this gruesome nightmare. But for three people intimately involved, there is no closure. How will Hoskins, the detective who solved the case, continue after witnessing such depravity? Can Sammie Peterson, the star reporter who covered the crime, ever find another story to match this explosive one? And how will Seever's wife, Gloria, who lived with a sadistic madman for decades, reconcile herself to the truth? This debut novel, in graphic and coarse detail, follows the lives of these three damaged protagonists. When seven years later a copycat killer begins butchering people linked to the original case, the trio are caught in a hellish sort of déjà vu with old and new horrors to confront. With an increasing sense of dread, readers are taken on a suspenseful and gruesome ride, and Chaney does an excellent job of keeping us guessing until the final page.
VERDICT Full of unlikable and fatally flawed characters, this bleak and seedy tale is a fit for those drawn to gritty police procedurals and character-driven mysteries.
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