Kelly Jones, is a FBI agent, that has just finished solving a grueling murder case on a college campus and is due for a much needed vacation. Just as she was about ready to hop on a plane for a warm destination, she gets called in to investigate a mass grave site on the Appalachian trail. Several human remains have been found across state lines and are involving several law enforcement agencies. Just as the investigation starts to get underway, another young man goes missing and it’s up to Kelly and her team to catch the killer before they find his remains in another grave site.
I’ve never read anything by Michelle Gagnon before and I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I truly felt sorry for Kelly at the beginning because she has worked so hard most of her life and it is finally taking a toll being surrounded by death and serial killers all the time. The writing grabs you into the story and has you second-guessing the identity of the killer until the very end. I enjoyed this novel immensely and I loved the twist that Ms. Gagnon puts at the end of this story. There are some scenes that are pretty graphic so readers need to be aware of that going in, but it is worth reading.
Spoiler Alert: I really liked the idea that there was two killers involved in this mystery and that one wasn’t aware of the other. That was a new one for me.
On the trail of a serial killer, the path splits in two…
FBI special agent Kelly Jones has worked on many disturbing cases in her career, but nothing like this. A mass grave site unearthed on the Appalachian Trail puts Kelly at the head of an investigation that crosses the line—from Massachusetts to Vermont, from wealthy vacationers to poor transients, from a serial killer to a copycat nemesis.
Assisted by law enforcement from both states and a forensic anthropologist, Kelly searches for the killers. But as darkness falls, another victim is taken. Kelly must race to save him before he joins the rest…in the boneyard.