Don't Talk to Strangers
By Amanda Kyle Williams
Published by Headline (Paperback - 29 January 2015)
Sheriff Ken Meltzer, from the small town of Whisper, finds the decomposing body of a girl deep in the Georgia forest. Next to her, the skeletal remains of another girl. One victim had been there for sixty days, the other for 10 years.
Drugs, theft and reckless speeders are the main worries in Meltzer's country; homicide is not his speciality. A friend at the Atlanta Police Department recommends a freelancer Meltzer has never heard of - former FBI profiler and private detective Keye Street...
This is my first Keye Street novel, but it certainly won't be my last.
Don't Talk to Strangers has a great plot and fascinating characters. The bodies of two teenage girls are discovered deep in the forest; both have been killed in a violent manner, but the murders took place 10 years apart. It's clear that the girls were held and tortured for some time before they were murdered. Keye Street is called upon by the local sheriff for her expertise. When another girl goes missing, the race is on to find her.
I really enjoyed this book. It contains a bit of everything - well-formed characters, a well-constructed plot, humour, romantic interest, forensics, tension, twists and a mystery to solve. Keye Street is feisty, not afraid to speak her mind and a talented investigator. The book reminded me of Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum novels, which I used to read years ago, but in my opinion this was far better. I was completely surprised by the ending - I thought I had guessed the murderer's identity correctly.
If, like me, you haven't read an Amanda Kyle Williams' Keye Street book yet, this can easily be read as a standalone.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through Bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.