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Right Behind Her (Bree Taggert Book 4) Kindle Edition
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The discovery of human remains unearths another nightmare from Sheriff Bree Taggert’s past in a bone-chilling thriller by #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.
Twenty-seven years ago, Sheriff Bree Taggert’s father killed her mother, then himself. Now Bree and her younger brother, Adam, find human bones on the grounds of their abandoned family farm. The remains are those of a man and a woman, both murdered in the same horrible way.
When the investigation determines the murders occurred thirty years ago, Bree’s dead father becomes a suspect, forcing Bree to revisit the brutal night she’s spent most of her life trying to forget. The only other suspect is an unlikely squatter on the Taggert farm who claims to know secrets about Bree’s past. When he mysteriously disappears and Bree’s niece is kidnapped, the cold case heats up.
Bree has stoked the rage of a murderer who’ll do anything to keep his identity—and motives—a secret. To protect everyone she loves, Bree must confront a killer.
“The kidnapping of Bree’s eight-year-old niece raises the stakes, and the romantic attraction between Bree and Matt adds spice to the fast-paced plot. Readers will cheer Bree every step of the way.” —Publishers Weekly
“Leigh’s experienced writing is apparent in her ability to create a plot that enthralls, characters we care about, and authentic dialogue. While each book works extremely well as a stand-alone mystery, you will want to know more.” —Bookreporter
Praise for Melinda Leigh’s Bree Taggert novels
“Interesting characters, intricate relationships, and a riveting mystery.” —Crimespree Magazine
Leigh’s vulnerable yet strong lead characters add depth to an exciting new series.” —Library Journal
“Leigh has a genuine talent for creating believable, appealing characters and realistic dialogue…With a clear setup for future adventures, this novel promises to become a likable series.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of contemporary police procedurals with a strong romance element will be well satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly
“From the first page in this gripping mystery, we are hooked…Start with Cross Her Heart, and keep reading as Leigh produces more installments of her series. You won’t regret it.” —Bookreporter
“Melinda Leigh knows just how to blend poignant family drama with edge-of-your-seat suspense.” —Laura Griffin, New York Times bestselling author
“A gripping thriller, Cross Her Heart is fast paced and riveting, with the complex and compelling lead homicide detective, Bree Taggert. The first in a destined to be a hit series.” —Karin Slaughter, international bestselling author
“Cross Her Heart is everything I love in a thriller, and Bree Taggert is everything I love in a heroine.” —Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of The Third to Die
“Not since Walt Longmire have I been so enthralled by a character! Sheriff Bree Taggert is tough, flawed, and I want to see more of her! Well done, Melinda Leigh!” —Debra Webb, USA Today bestselling author of Trust No One
“Outstanding! Suspenseful and filled with emotion, Leigh’s See Her Die kept me riveted all the way through to the shocking and heart-racing conclusion.” —T.R. Ragan, bestselling author of Her Last Day
“Engaging characters, a terrific plot and thrilling twists will keep readers guessing until the last page.” —Mary Burton, New York Times bestselling author
“Drown Her Sorrows is yet another fresh and original crime fiction tale by Leigh with plenty of action to keep readers engaged and, at the last page, wanting more.” —Lisa Regan, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
“A hard-charging, forensics-packed police procedural with a caring, heartfelt heroine who never quits. This is why ten million readers keep coming back to Leigh for more, more, MORE! A feast for crime novel fans.” —Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Drown Her Sorrows is a crisply written, twisty, suspenseful, and fast-paced procedural with heart. Melinda Leigh fans will welcome this addition to her Bree Taggert series.” —Loreth Anne White, Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of Beneath Devil’s Bridge
About the Author
#1 Amazon Charts and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nom¬inated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s garnered numerous writing awards, including two RITA nominations. Her other books include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, and She Can Kill in the She Can Series; Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, and Midnight Obsession in the Midnight Novels; Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, and Seconds to Live in the Scarlet Falls series; Say You’re Sorry, Her Last Goodbye, Bones Don’t Lie, What I’ve Done, Secrets Never Die, and Save Your Breath in the Morgan Dane series; and Cross Her Heart, See Her Die, and Drown Her Sorrows in the Bree Taggert series. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate, has taught women’s self-defense, and lives in a messy house with her family and a small herd of rescue pets. For more information, visit www.melindaleigh.com.
- ASIN : B084RNNCF8
- Publisher : Montlake (September 14, 2021)
- Publication date : September 14, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3817 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 315 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #163 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While the murder wasn't overly graphic, I found the case held my attention for the entire book. There wasn't a huge pool of suspects so the who dunnit wasn't exactly groundbreaking (and a couple of the suspects just seemed to disappear and be non-issues as you didn't hear about them again), but the lead up to finding out had just the right amount of suspense and action to keep me turning the pages. I found it was more luck that seemed to solve the case in this one, but like I said, it was still entertaining. There's the usual goings-on with Bree trying to manage her sheriff responsibilities with next to no funding and having to juggle the desire to micro-manage and be involved in every aspect of of her county's station with the dreaded politics and diplomacy that comes with the job. Her family unit in the form of Dana, Adam, Luke and Kayla helped to keep Bree human and this side of her is drawn out a bit more in Book 4. I especially liked her connection to her brother in this story.
While the romance side of things continues to lean on the slow burn side of things, her relationship with Matt finally takes a jump in the right direction. Speaking of Matt, I love his character and he didn't disappoint in this book. Hopefully the big steps taken sparsely in this story will continue to be built on in Book 5. Right Behind Her, like the others in this series, is an easy read without there being too many complicated plot threads or details. The case is accompanied by a good smattering of other issues such as the continuing legacy of the former corrupt sheriff and Bree struggling with raising her niece and nephew that the plot stays mostly realistic. Quick note, if you haven't read the other books in this series you can get away with starting here, but I'd recommend starting from the beginning, particularly since this novel has a big focus on her childhood, particularly her father. Ghosts from the past crop up building a bigger picture of what kind of man her dad was and the people he was involved with.
There was a tiny bit of repetition, e.g. how strong Bree is as a person, problems at the station with the same old guard police officers that seem to continue to get second chances, but it wasn't tedious, nor did it distract from the overall plot (although I'll be interested to know if any of the issues with officers crop up in future books). A couple of aspects of the plot were pretty predictable and while this might annoy some readers, fans of the series should be fine with it because these books fall into more of the 'easy read' mystery/crime trope that they should be used to if they've come this far with the author. There's a quick crossover to the Morgan Dane series when Lincoln Sharp has a brief cameo when they're looking into the cold case of the two missing victims. Alas, there was no Lance or Morgan. Maybe next time :)
Overall, this ended up being one of my favourite books so far in this series because we got to see a more human side of Bree that managed to balance really well with her on the job and taking on the challenge of the cold case. There were threats to her family, prominent citizens throwing their weight around
and blocking her attempts at progress and danger just around the corner. The author used the investigation to build on Bree's character as she was forced to delve into her family's violent past to solve a double murder and tie up a couple of cases that were decades old. I'm already looking forward to the next book. And more Matt lol.
Bree's childhood horror story comes to a head with Right Behind Her. This is not a standalone book so if you are new to the series, start at the beginning with Cross Her Heart. And please bear with me with all my tags; sometimes I get carried away.
Her fairly new job as sheriff had highs and lows. Oscar was still around performing a second rate job. Politics were her enemy. And 2 murders dislodged her early years as a child.
Evil was on the cusp of her current family and her long-ago past. I understood her hesitancy; thankfully, she had Matt Flynn by her side to support her. I was even happy to read how dedicated her deputies were to her.
She navigated her role as new mother to her niece, Kayla, and nephew, Luke. She found strength in numbers with Matt, Dana, Nolan and, yes, even Brody.
I found the story was fast-paced and I finished it within 2 days. Now, I just need to wait.
It's a tiny, tiny police force in a very tiny town.
Yet... the 2 main cops in the story have both shot people, one of them multiple people. Both had been shot on duty and even the dog had been shot.
What really made it unbelievable is that, almost as an afterthought, the author mentions one of these cops having been shot 2 months ago, right in the middle of another scene near the end. It was a ridiculous thing to do, didn't move the story forward, and distracted me because...WHAT?! THIS WAS A COP WHO WAS TRAUMATIZED BY A SHOOTING IN HER CHILDHOOD, YET HAD NO ISSUES WITH HAVING BEEN SHOT A MERE 2 MONTHS BEFORE? I felt angry at the author for being so careless with her character development.
There's a scene where they search a house where the cop had had childhood trauma. No problem.
Later, she has to go back in, looking for a vicious killer, and she can't focus... even though her life was in danger... because she's thinking of the past.
Thay doesn't happen neurological. When we know someone's trying to kill us, we don't drift away from that issue.
We become hyper focused. We wouldn't have survived as a species if we drifted off while being actively hunter.
So there were quite a few big mistakes like this, all close to the last 1/5 of the book.
To me, that points to laziness in editing, or editing fatigue.
That's why with this kind of book, an author cannot cut corners. Some authors chart everything they've mentioned so they don't forget things about the plot and characters, and they have people go through carefully, looking for problems.
Editing fatigue happens, but there's no excuse for it. It can cause the reader to exit the story and see the author behind it, struggling with her craft or showing ignorance.
Editors are supposed to find that stuff.
To me, it ruins the book if I have to stop suspending belief and look hard at the mistake, the sloppiness, consider the author at all. As a reader, I want to be fully immersed in and believing in the story.
I'm so disappointed when the author screws that experience up for me.
I hope she improves. I would hate to read another of her books, get that far in, and be jolted into seeing the problems of craft.
It happened to me in a Patterson book where a little girl had a dog that went through everything with her, then the author simply forgot all about the dog and never mentioned him again.
That's sloppy writing and sloppy editing.
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I loved this book, we are finally seeing cracks in the walls around Bree's heart and whilst this investigation makes her relive the nightmare that was her childhood, it also brings closure and maybe even a small shimmer of hope.
A fantastically chilling read on Kindle Unlimited.
I cannot wait for the next installment.
With the murder of her mother by her father at an early age, and having to get her two young sibling out of the way to protect them, she had trust and doubts issues
This story opens door to that past of her brutal father and his cronies and the eventual closure of that fatal night giving her the the strength to have a happier life