From the publisher of Reason to Doubt
Carol Childs is in the middle of one of the biggest stories of her life. Her daughter Cate has returned from college with a boyfriend in tow. A photographer who police suspect to be The Model Slayer, responsible for the murder of three young women.
Not since the Hillside Strangler has Los Angeles been so on edge.
And when the police arrest Cate’s boyfriend, Carol’s personal life and professional worlds collide. A tattooed cocktail waitress calls the radio station and asks to speak with Carol off the record. She knows the true identity of the real Model Slayer because she says she killed him.
Tensions mount as the clock ticks. The police are convinced they have the right man. Mother and daughter aren’t talking. Carol can’t reveal to investigators all she knows, and unless Carol can find the real killer before the trial begins, an innocent man may spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed for a crime he didn’t commit.
I always look forward to the next installment in this series. One reason is I love learning the inner workings of the radio news industry. Reason to Doubt delivers much more though. It’s also a well-written mystery with crisp dialogue, good plotting, and believable characters.
The mother-daughter dynamics elevate the stakes in a realistic and convincing manner. And the guilt Carol feels when her reporting helps convince the police her daughter’s new boyfriend is a serial killer keeps the character tension on a razor’s edge. Carol is caught in a dilemma many parents face—no good choices and plenty of consequences.
Each new twist develops naturally, yet unpredictably. The outcome of the story remains uncertain until the end. In short, Reason to Doubt is a top-notch mystery and should definitely be on your reading list.
FTC Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by its publisher.