by Charly Cox
Series: Detective Alyssa Wyatt #3
Genres: Crime Fiction
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The sudden appearance of a man’s booted feet had Addis snapping her mouth shut. Screaming, she kicked out at the tall, muscular guy as he dragged her from beneath the desk...
It was a scene from a horror movie; Gabriel Kensington and his wife Lydia found, brutally slain in their luxurious home in New Mexico. The frantic, whispered phone call from their teenage daughter Addis, spending the evening with best friend Emerson, quickly alerts the authorities to the killings – and worse, that the killer is still inside the house.
But when detective Alyssa Wyatt and the squad appear at the house, the unthinkable has happened – the girls are nowhere to be found.
Waking up in a dilapidated cabin, nestled high in the woods north of Albuquerque, the girls find themselves at the mercy of a brutal stranger who could take their life at any moment. While they fight for survival, it’s up to Alyssa Wyatt and her partner Cord to discover just why the Kensingtons have been targeted – and fast.
Because for Addis and Emerson, solving this mystery might just mean the difference between survival – or an unthinkable death...
In Alone in the Woods, Detective Wyatt and her team are dealing with a grisly home invasion and the kidnapping of two teenage girls.
Alone in the Woods by Charly Cox is the third novel in the Detective Alyssa Wyatt series. I discovered this series last year, and each novel has delivered a suspenseful case and enjoyable interaction between the detectives. I have enjoyed getting to know them professionally and personally.
The series takes place in New Mexico. We find Gabriel Kensington and his wife Lydia brutally murdered after Gabriel’s sister receives a frantic phone call from her niece. It turns out Addis and her friend Emerson have been kidnapped by the killer.
Cox knows how to write a compelling mystery. She turns up the suspense as we gather clues and piece together threads. There are plenty of red herrings and twists to keep the reader guessing.
The story delivered POVs from Detective Wyatt and from Addis as she and her friend find themselves trapped in a cabin deep in the woods.
I quickly found myself caught up in the mystery, biting my nails for the girls and methodically piecing together clues before the author lets the reader in on key details. I grew anxious waiting for the detectives to connect the dots.
I will say the author threw in some twists that made my jaw drop, but the plot was solid and once revealed I saw all the puzzle pieces click into place.
This series is on my autobuy list, and I am already looking forward to their next case.