I received a copy of Watch Her Vanish in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are, of course, my own.
Watch Her Vanish (Rockwell and Decker #1)
Publication Date: October 9, 2020
The beam from the lighthouse slices through the dawn sky as she runs down the rocky stairway to the beach. She tries to take it all in—the waves crashing against the cliffs, the whip of salt grass in the wind—before finally dragging her eyes down to the innocent girl’s blonde hair, strewn across the bottom step like seaweed…
Returning home to Fog Harbor, California, to be closer to her little sister, Olivia Rockwell is struggling to adjust to life in a town so small she can hardly breathe. That is, until the sound of a scream leads her to the body of a local teacher in the shallows nearby. All the evidence points to Olivia’s most threatening criminal psychology patient, Drake, who is safely locked up behind bars…
Convinced of Drake’s innocence—and desperate to believe in the system that’s keeping her murderer father in prison and away from her sister—Olivia gets to work on her own suspect list. All her life she’s run towards trouble, but this time she’s treading on the toes of Detective Will Decker, whose past mistakes mean this case is his last chance to make amends.
Then a second woman’s body is discovered, strangled while out on an evening jog. The strip of blue material used to choke her implicates Drake once again, forcing Will to admit he needs Olivia’s special talent for understanding the minds of killers. It’s clear more innocent women will die if they don’t get one step ahead of the murders, and Olivia knows she will need her estranged father’s help to get close to Drake.
But when Olivia’s profile leads them to believe Drake could be masterminding murders from within the prison walls, a message written on a scrap of paper found in the latest victim’s car leads them to a terrifying realization: Olivia’s little sister will be next…
An addictive and unputdownable crime thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot, and Mary Burton.
My Thoughts & Takeaways
My degree is in Psychology and I’ve always had a fascination with forensic psych specifically. In fact, had I wanted to continue and get my doctorate, I would have focused on forensic psych. I’ve always wanted to understand why people do the heinous things they do.
Watch Here Vanish by Ellery A. Kane is a crime thriller set in Fog Harbor, California. Olivia Rockwell is the head psychologist at the local prison where most of the characters work as well. One of Olivia’s patients on death row is implicated in the murder of a teacher, but how so? Olivia and Detective Will Decker begin working on finding the answers, but they both have an iffy past with lots of skeletons in their closets.
I found the characters well-developed and relatable. And, the plot had me guessing until the very end which is unusual for me.
Would definitely recommend for anyone who loves crime thrillers, psychology, or the like!