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Exciting! Chilling! Author M. M. Chouinard’s new installment in the series was one rocking ride from beginning to end.
A five-year-old child was murdered and ruthlessly dumped behind her school during the recess break. Who would do such a heinous thing? Then came the reaction of the mother who was calm and collected as if grief couldn’t touch her hair. OMG! How? Why? And there was more… Her coterie of friends had something to hide. All of them were puzzled by this family who had more wealth than emotions.
Then a fourth-grade teacher died under mysterious circumstances. From the same school. This school seemed to be was truly a cesspit of nefarious things. And it took all of Jo’s mental fortitude and determination to investigate the gruesome crimes.
I wouldn’t claim to remember Detective Jo, as all my police procedural leads had squished into my brain, but I was given enough backstory to love her. The case was a ruthless one; there were many suspects. I had my theories, but I was more eager to get to know the truth. The Other Mothers seemed to be hiding something.
A thorough investigation, a suspenseful well-plotted story, great chemistry between the lead detectives, and smooth camaraderie within the team made the pages fly right to the final reveal. It was quite a ride.
It’s a crisp spring morning when the small-town community around Briar Ridge Elementary School is shattered by devastating news. Bright and shy five-year-old Nicole has disappeared at recess.
Nicole’s mother, Gia, is lost in her grief. On the same day her baby girl vanished, Gia found out she was pregnant with the sister Nicole had begged for. Gia is also devastated that her best friend Karen was supervising the playground when Nicole was taken. And when Nicole’s body is discovered, Gia can’t help but ask: why didn’t Karen protect her little girl?
Someone knows what happened in school that day and Detective Jo Fournier is determined to find the truth. Jo’s little nieces also attend Briar Ridge and she would cross mountains to keep them safe. As she starts to dig into the mothers’ secrets, she begins to wonder if anyone is telling the truth. Gia’s been hiding a part of herself for years and Jo can tell it’s eating her apart. And Karen is definitely lying—but what is more important than finding the killer of her best friend’s daughter?
As Gia and Karen struggle with their guilt, a teacher at Briar Ridge dies in what looks like a tragic accident. But with two deaths in such a short time, Jo knows better than that. In this school, where soccer moms flock to the gates with cookies for teachers, someone is willing to kill to keep a secret. The only question is who.
Publication Date: January 20021
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