Synopsis from Harlequin:
They know exactly when he’ll strike… They just have to find him first.
In all their years working for the Baywood police department, detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan have never seen anything like it. Four women dead in forty days, each killed ten days apart. With nothing connecting the victims and very little evidence, the clock is already counting down to when the next body drops. A.L. and Rena will have to act fast if they’re going to find the killer’s next victim before he does.
But identifying the killer’s next likely target is only half the battle. With pressure pushing in from all sides, a promising breakthrough leads the detectives to Tess Lyons, a woman whose past trauma has left her too damaged to appreciate the danger she’s in. Unwilling to let another woman die, A.L. and Rena will put everything on the line to keep Tess safe and end the killer’s deadly spree once and for all—before time runs out again.
About: Ten Days Gone is a mystery written by Beverly Long. It will be published on 2/18/2020 by Mira, an imprint of Harlequin/HarperCollins. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. This book is the first of a mini series called an A.L. McKittridge Novel. According to the publisher’s website, “MIRA Books is proud to publish great stories for a broad audience. We are actively acquiring breakout and established commercial fiction with a strong narrative drive and complex characters across a wide spectrum, from multilayered relationship and family dramas that make for good book club picks to voicy contemporary reads, thrillers and psychological suspense, sweeping historicals, speculative novels and more.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Ten Days Gone on 2/5/2020 and finished it on 2/9/2020. This book was an interesting read. I loved both characters, A.L. and Rena because they both sounded sassy with an attitude. Rena’s love life with her husband was dry, at least at first. Not sure if that’s the intention of a realistic couple who have been married for awhile or what. I enjoyed the humor, especially when A.L. revealed to Tess his personal life without intending to. There’s a cliffhanger to this book because readers will not know what A.L. stands for.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Detective A.L. McKittridge as he examined the new victim. This fourth victim marked the 4th female killed in 40 days where each woman was killed 10 days apart. Police needed to catch the killer before the next 10 days is up otherwise they will find another dead body. Finding this serial killer is hard because there aren’t any clues left at the scenes. The second view is Rena, detective and A.L.’s partner. She has been undergoing fertility treatment but had 2 failed IVF attempts. Both have been overworked with their personal life going off kilter. A.L’s teen daughter was caught skipping school and Rena’s husband seemed to be hiding something. This book is organized by a timeline counting from day one to day ten until either the detectives capture the serial killer or another woman dies. The third view is the next victim. Each view is not separated by each chapter but rather popped inside a chapter with another view.
Ten Days Gone is well written and a fast paced read! The chase is suspenseful and I do like that there are clues that lead closer to catching the killer. As always, I couldn’t guess who the killer is. The ending is intense and I loved it; however, there weren’t clear explanations as to why the killer chose 10 days and 5 women. I like the location of this thriller because I used to live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it’s nice to read about familiar locations in a story. The start of A.L. McKittridge is a great read and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I recommend everyone to read this book if you are looking for some honest detectives who will not sugarcoat or downplay what they want to say or think.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, mystery, suspense, humor
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Beverly Long‘s writing career has spanned more than two decades and twenty novels. She writes romantic suspense with sexy heroes and smart heroines. She can often be found with her laptop in a coffee shop with a cafe au lait and anythiing made with dark chocolate by her side. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from Harlequin’s website).