Have you ever read a story that makes you so incredibly homesick that you want to just climb inside and go home? Ever have it happen with a murder mystery involving a cult? Her Final Words by Brianna Labuskes had me wanting to jump in the car and drive West until I hit the mountains despite the horrific child murder.
It seems like an open-and-shut case for FBI special agent Lucy Thorne when Eliza Cook walks into the field office. The teenage girl confesses to murdering a young boy. Disturbingly composed, she reveals chilling details only the killer could know. Beyond that Eliza doesn’t say another word, leaving a vital question met with dead silence: Why did she do it?
To find the answer, Lucy goes to the scene of the crime in the small Idaho town of Knox Hollow. But Lucy’s questions are only mounting. Especially when she’s drawn deeper into the life of the victim. Then a combing of the woods yields unsettling evidence that Eliza isn’t the only one in this close-knit rural community with secrets.
Getting to the truth is becoming Lucy’s obsession. And it’s a dangerous one. Because for the good folks of Knox Hollow, hiding that truth will take more than silence.
I’m not sure why whodunit murder mysteries keep falling into my lap, but I am enjoying them so much! The one thing that made this one stand apart from the others, however, is that the story is told primarily from the perspective of a Seattle detective. Brianna Labuskes really gave the impression that her outlining process was a conspiracy board as elaborate as that of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events opening scene. The constant give and take of out of context clues alongside real discoveries was phenomenal. I highly recommend adding this read to your TBR pile. You won’t be disappointed.
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