Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
When the body of a woman is discovered in a local park—with her bewildered four-year-old son sitting beside her—veteran social worker Ellen Moore is called in to assist in the police investigation. Positioned beneath a statue of Leto, the goddess of motherhood, the crime is weighted with meaning and, Ellen discovers, remarkably similar to one from a decade past.
Ellen's professional duty is to protect the child, but she's not equipped to contend with a killer. As she races to connect the dots, she knows her time is running out. And the stakes are high: if she fails, another mother is sure to make the ultimate sacrifice.
(Note: this novella is a prequel to Gudenkauf's upcoming novel Little Mercies)
*Many thanks to Net Galley and Harlequin for the copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.*
This insomniac's review:
If the author's intent with this novella was to whet the reader's appetite for her upcoming novel, it was a success.
This novella was highly readable and the characters engrossing. However, the "twist" was apparent to me long before it should have been.
Worth staying up all night to read:
Hey- good news! It's a novella! No need to stay up all night. Hooray!