Buried Deception is the first book in a new series for McKinney. The novel is a dual pov told from the perspectives of Dr. Mia Frost and Easton Crew. When a teenage girl goes missing, the police enlist the help of Easton Crew and his team, an elite group of former military who specializing in tracking. The team finds the girl and it is clear that she had been brutally attacked while jogging on the Black Cat Trail. Mia, a local therapist who the girl had been planning to meet with a week later, is brought in to talk to the her and help the police build a profile for the attacker thought to be the Black Cat Stalker. There had been multiple prior reports of young women on the Black Cat Trail who have noticed a suspicious man who seemed to be following them.
When a man goes missing next, Mia’s profile seems to be all wrong, but even more concerning is that the man was a client of hers. All of this is bringing up bad memories for Mia of some things from her past. Now Mia and Easton need to work together to find out what is going on, who the Black Cat Stalker is, what he wants, and whether this is connected at all to Mia’s past.
I could not stop reading this book! I actually couldn’t figure out what the ending would be and usually I can make a good guess. There were little clues planted here and there and made me wonder about different possibilities, but I couldn’t actually figure out the ending on my own!
Aside from the mystery, I loved seeing Mia and Easton grow closer and develop feelings for one another. The two were both pretty private and closed off to begin with, but watching them trust each other with their secrets was really nice to see and made some of the things that happened (no spoilers!) more heart wrenching.
I’m excited to see what the next book in the series will be about – I’m guessing it will focus on one of the other guys from Easton’s team.
I highly recommend Buried Deception if you’re in the mood for a romantic thriller. It’s the perfect fall read!
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