Lost Angels (Nikki Hunt #3) by Stacy Green

EXCERPT: ‘There’s something here.’ Still crouched next to the truck, Miller snapped on a latex glove and reached behind the front driver’s side tire. He held up a business card. ‘Annmarie Mason, Network Engineer at VP-Cloud. Her cell and a PO Box are listed.’ He turned the card over, and Nikki could tell by his shocked eyes that something important was on the back.

‘What is it?’ she asked.

‘If found, call FBI Special Agent Nikki Hunt’ – your office number is on here.’

Wordlessly, Nikki put on a glove, and Miller placed the card in her hand. She immediately recognized the neat cursive she’d always envied. ‘Oh Annmarie,’ Nikki whispered. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. ‘What did you get yourself into?’

ABOUT ‘LOST ANGELS’: When Special Agent Nikki Hunt is called to the Boundary Waters near Stillwater, Minnesota, it’s not just the cold that shocks her to her core: the body of a young woman has been found frozen beside a remote lake. Nikki is devastated to see the victim is her childhood friend Annmarie, and she recognizes the velvet ribbon tied in her hair as the hallmark of a serial killer who she has been hunting for years.

Desperate for justice, Nikki throws herself into the case. But she is shaken by what she finds at Annmarie’s home: a dead-bolt on her front door and a map in the spare room, with the locations of murdered women circled in thick, red marker. Did Annmarie know she was next? Then Nikki finds out that the killer has left a clue in Annmarie’s bedroom: a photo of Nikki’s mother that no one has ever seen. Has the murderer at large been in Nikki’s life since she was a child?

Nikki soon realizes that the key to unlocking this case is in her own family, but digging up the past could put her own daughter in danger. She has spent her whole life protecting the ones she loves, but to find this killer Nikki might have to risk everything…

MY THOUGHTS: I loved Stacy Green’s Lucy Kendall series, and although it has taken me a little longer to warm to Nikki Hunt, I really found my footing with this series in Lost Angels.

I had far more trouble liking Nikki than I did Lucy. I am still not sure that I actually like Nikki much. Not that that’s necessary for me to like the book, obviously, but . . . just saying. She comes across as kind of ‘cold’, despite her obvious love for her daughter, Lacey, who is one cool kid, and absolutely my favourite character. This could be because Nikki is very good at compartmentalising her life. But she makes decisions that I simply do not understand, often just handing Lacey over to whomever is available. It’s job first, everything else second for Nikki.

Now that I have had my rant . . . Nikki has been trying to catch this killer for 5 years, but now it’s become personal. The killer is taunting her, killing first her high school best friend, then abducting the sister of one of his first victims.

This is high octane stuff. It’s gripping, and tense. I had absolutely no idea where the story was headed, and was giving my ‘little grey cells’ plenty of exercise trying to figure out who the killer was.

My only criticism of the story was that, despite the strong personal connections, Nikki was allowed to remain on the case when, really, she should have been stood down, especially once it became obvious that her family was in danger.

A good, solid read. I do recommend that this series be read in order, otherwise a lot of character development, family relationships, and references to past incidents won’t be completely understood.

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THE AUTHOR: Stacy has a love of thrillers and crime fiction, and she is always looking for the next dark and twisted novel to enjoy. She started her career in journalism before becoming a stay at home mother and rediscovering her love of writing. She lives in Iowa with her husband and daughter and their three spoiled fur babies.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Lost Angels by Stacy Green for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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