Cry for Help by Wendy Dranfield

Official blurb from Amazon

Shivering in the early morning chill, the caretaker flips the switch on the Ferris wheel and stumbles back in shock. The teenage girl’s body is slumped in a halo of pretty colored lights, long red hair spilling over her tear-stained cheeks, her eyes fixed forever on her dangling feet.

When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide––a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments

Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?

It’s only when Madison finally finds the knife used to harm Nikki, tucked in an almost impossible to find hiding place, that she knows she is closing in on a twisted killer. But the last person she expects to see dragged into the department in handcuffs is her own missing son…


I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second instalment in the Det. Madison Harper series, and I can honestly say that it is as addictive as the first!

This story picks up where the last one ended; Madison and Nate are making there way to Colorado to investigate the murder of Madison’s ex-partner.  Madison is eager to clear her name after being framed for a murder she didn’t commit, and to find her son who was taken into care by Child Services.

This story is packed with twists which are both shocking and add to the tension.  The sense of not knowing who to trust is tangible as the body count rises.

Having lived in South West Colorado, I was interested to see Wendy’s interpretation of small-town living and the joys of the high desert plateau.  In all honesty, although Lost Creek is a fictional town, I fully sensed the mood of the area and was transported back.

The partnership of Madison and Nate has continued in this book, yet the power seemed to have shifted with Madison taking the lead in this case.  It was good to see this relationship develop and a change in the literary driver’s seat was a good aspect.

Of course, Brody the cadaver dog plays a hero’s role and continues to notch up his good boy points.

As I mentioned, I found this book to be addictive; I struggled to put it down and felt like I was missing out by going to sleep.  There are few authors who can carry the mood of a book from one instalment to the next, but Wendy absolutely nails it!

Learn more about Wendy Dranfield here.   Follow Wendy on Twitter.

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