Once again L. J. Sellers creates an outstanding Detective Jackson mystery! She cements great characterizations without missing a beat in the novel Deadly Bonds. Sellers also emphasizes the surrounding area of Eugene, Oregon while anchoring the mystery of who murdered Amanda Carter.
Detective Jackson is back as are a few of his colleagues and family members. Jackson is working on who killed Ms. Carter and discovers her son, Benji, under the floorboards of the house. While he is working on the murder, he calls upon Katie (his daughter) and his brother (Derrick) to help babysit/protect Benji. As usual, chaos ensues as Jackson steadily tracks down witnesses and evidence to reveal who murdered Amanda Carter.
This novel is an enticing murder mystery from beginning to end. I could not put this book down; nor did I race to solve the mystery. This was enjoyable as Ms. Sellers expanded upon the development of the main characters (i.e. Katie is now in college). It was wonderful to see the area map and the list of characters; both the map and list were helpful in brushing up on some of the places and characters. All of these aids plus the outstanding mystery make this a powerful novel.
When a young mother is found murdered in a derelict Eugene neighborhood—and her terrified young son is discovered hiding beneath the floorboards—Detective Jackson reluctantly takes the case. His own life is already in chaos, with his runaway teenage daughter, Katie, still gone and his girlfriend, Kera, facing her own family crisis. Matters get more complicated when the orphaned boy bonds with Jackson, triggering unexpected emotions and compromising his ability to investigate. Meanwhile, Detective Evans, one of Jackson’s most valuable colleagues, is pulled off the case to look into the death of a University of Oregon football star—leaving the homicide task force shorthanded. As Jackson works to solve the murder and find a home for little Benjie, he soon faces devastating choices that threaten everything he holds dear.