May 20, 2021

The Frozen Girl

The Frozen Girl: Jessie Novak #2

by Roberta Gately

Published: May 18, 2021
by Bookouture

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers

When the body of a woman is found in the frozen Neponset River, just where it meets the sea, Jessie Novak and her partner Detective Sam Dallas rush to the scene. When Jessie sees a flash of a familiar silk scarf, she’s shocked to realize the girl in the ice is Sheila Logan, who she worked closely with for years at Boston City Hospital. Jessie desperately wants to find out how this young and talented nurse ended up an innocent victim.

But who would want to kill her? As she digs into Sheila’s past, Jessie realizes she was having an affair with a colleague and may even have been pregnant. Was her lover unwilling to be a father to her child? The pain of Sheila’s death threatens to tear open Jessie’s old wounds—Jessie’s own mother walked out on her when she was just a baby and never looked back. She can’t change her own past, but she’s determined to get justice for Sheila.

When Sheila’s neighbor is found dead, also wearing a distinctive scarf, Jessie sees a lethal pattern forming. Next, someone breaks into Jessie’s car and she knows she’s being warned off the case. But with the killer in her sights, will she take the deadliest risk of her life? Can Jessie catch him, before he catches up to her?

My Thoughts:

Another gripping mystery in the Jessie Novak series. If you haven’t read the first one, Dead Girl Walking, do yourself a favour and pick it up. Set in Boston, Jessie is an ER nurse who also helps the homicide division with murder investigations. With this instalment, there’s even the promise of romance in Jessie’s future. As the author is a nurse, the hospital scenes are authentic and immersive. This series is compulsively readable with white-knuckle endings. Roberta Gately has fast become one of my must-read authors.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book.

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