by Mary Keliikoa
July 17 - August 11, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Sheriff Jax Turner is staring down the barrel of his broken past. On the brink of ending it all, he feels like a failure following his daughter’s tragic passing and his subsequent divorce. But when a schoolgirl vanishes and her backpack is found in a sex offender’s backseat, the weary lawman drags himself into action and vows to nail one last sociopath.
Shocked to discover the teen’s aunt had lost her life in an abduction years prior, the devastating outcome that he’s taken personally, Jax believes the killer has returned with a vengeance. But as the desperate cop frantically hunts down a mysterious relative in search of a suspect, the girl’s time keeps ticking away…
Can the jaded sheriff take down the culprit in time to bring the young girl home alive?
Praise for Hidden Pieces:
"A multilayered psychological thriller...that is both poignant and engrossing."
~ Kirkus Reviews
"Hidden Pieces is an intense novel offering hair-raising twists and turns and differing plots making it difficult for the reader to discern the culprit. Surprises arise to give the story more power and excitement. A page-turner up to the conclusion this is an exhilarating and spine-tingling read."
~ New York Journal of Books
"Moody, evocative, yet propulsive."
~ Matt Coyle, Bestselling Author of the Rick Cahill crime series
"Wow! What a novel. It crackles with realism, a page turner that sucks you in and won't let you go till the last page... Domestic thriller and mystery fans will get their money's worth."
~ David Putnam, Bestselling Author of the Bruno Johnson seies
Genre: Police Procedural + Mystery & Psychological Suspense
Published by:Level Best Books
Publication Date: October 2022
Number of Pages: 282
ISBN: 9781685121563 (ISBN10: 168512156X)
Series: Misty Pines Mystery, #1
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookShop.org | Goodreads
Read an excerpt:
Hidden Pieces marks the debut of a new series, Misty Pines Mysteries, from the creative mind of veteran author Mary Keliikoa. Readers are introduced to the sheriff of Misty Pines, Oregon, Jax Turner, a man on the verge of succumbing to his grief from the loss of his only child and the subsequent collapse of his marriage. But just as he’s decided to throw in the towel, the disappearance of a local teenager, under circumstances very similar to a previous case that still haunts him to this day, kicks him into action to prevent the same tragic ending from occurring. The suspenseful tale hits the ground running, and the tense action doesn’t let up until the final resolution is revealed.
The story unfolds from two points of view: that of the damaged sheriff and from the perspective of the missing girl’s former stepmother. Elena Massey, a victim of an abduction twenty-five years earlier, was ten when she was taken along with her older sister. The only one to survive, Elena was found wandering in a rural area, unable to remember what happened or who attacked them. Sheriff Turner and his partner had been the lead detectives in Portland trying to recover the girls and find the murderer.
Allison Krueger’s disappearance is baffling: no one saw anything helpful, and the clues are meager. Despite being a small town where everyone knows everyone else, the few individuals in a position to have seen something are singularly unwilling to help. Buts hints of what may have happened eventually surface, and Jax begins to identify possible scenarios and suspects. There are more than a couple of great red herrings, but surprising plot twists seem to knock everyone out of consideration. The answers are there for readers to pick up on, but I was in the dark until almost the very end.
Misty Pines is a quiet community until the kidnapping. News traveled quickly, and no one believed that any of their neighbors could be the perpetrator. Its seaside location abuts large forested areas, making searches for the missing girl difficult and time-consuming, but the combination created a unique and atmospheric setting.
With its complex characters and intricate plot, I recommend HIDDEN PIECES to readers who enjoy psychological suspense, thrillers, police procedurals, or mysteries set in the Pacific Northwest.
Mary Keliikoa is the author of Hidden Pieces and the upcoming Deadly Tides in the Misty Pines mystery series, the PI Kelly Pruett mystery series which includes the Shamus, Lefty, Agatha and Anthony nominated Derailed for best debut, and the upcoming Don’t Ask, Don’t Follow out Summer of 2024. Her short stories have appeared in Woman's World and in the anthology Peace, Love and Crime.
A Pacific NW native, she admits to being that person who gets excited when called for jury duty. When not in Washington, you can find Mary with toes in the sand on a Hawaiian beach. But even under the palm trees and blazing sun, she’s plotting her next murder—novel that is.
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