Title: Taken to the Grave
Publication Day: 19/09
Author: M.M. Chouinard
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2ZacLdW
In a town full of secrets, the truth won’t stay buried…
When a girl’s body is discovered in a park in the sleepy Massachusetts town of Oakhurst, local detective Jo is shocked to the core. Because the girl is the second innocent victim to turn up dead in three days. And just like the first, a tarot card has been left by the body. The meaning of the card: betrayal.
After uncovering a series of threatening messages targeting the girl, a student at the university, and the first victim, her teacher, Jo thinks she’s locked the killer in her crosshairs. The primary suspect is a volatile ex-military student with an axe to grind for failing grades, and the frightened town is out for his blood. But the next day, a much-loved member of the community is found dead in her home, a tarot card in her mail. There’s no clear motive to link her death to the others, and the message on the card this time is even stranger: domestic bliss.
With a fourth body and card appearing the following day, Jo knows she’s running out of time to crack the code and bring the killer to justice. And the pressure only gets worse with heart-breaking news about Jo’s father forcing her to choose between helping her family heal or the victims’ families get justice. Can Jo find the twisted murderer sending the town into a panic before another life is lost? Or this time, will the dangerous killer find her first?
A completely addictive detective thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. If you love Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Lisa Regan you’ll love Taken to the Grave.
Taken to the Grave by M.M. Chouinard is the second book in the Detective Jo Fournier series and while I absolutely loved the first book, The Dancing Girls, Chouinard definitely took everything I loved about The Dancing Girls and stepped it up a notch or two with the second installment in the series.
Detective Jo Fournier and her partner are called to a murder on the Oakhurst University campus. The victim, Professor Michael Wharton, isn’t exactly well liked and even his wife doesn’t seem to care he is dead. With a large suspect pool growing faster by the day, it will take a miracle to find the killer amongst the enemies the professor has made. But, when more bodies start showing up Jo will stop at nothing to find the killer responsible.
I really enjoyed reading Taken to the Grave and found myself flipping through the pages right from the beginning. Chouinard has such a way of gripping you right from the first page with her highly addicting prose. Jo Fournier is definitely one of my top female detectives in a series and written so perfectly. While we didn’t delve too deep into her personal life in the first book, Chouinard trickles in more information in when Jo’s father has a health issues. Here is where we see Jo’s vulnerable side and for me, this is when Jo became more of a well rounded character and one I can easily like.
Taken to the Grave is a gripping and intense thriller that is fast paced and will keep you up well into the evening as you search through all of the clues right along with Jo Fournier to find a killer. Another five star read from the talented writer and storyteller, M.M. Chouinard
M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them. She’s currently at work on her seventh novel.
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