perditionNewly widowed mother Nell McGraw struggles with her outsider status as she runs the newspaper founded by her husband’s grandfather. But a paper can’t turn away from the stories that others ignore, like the body of a child found in the Gulf. At first it seems tragic, a child lost because of carelessness.

Then another child goes missing.

Disgusted by the turf war between the sheriff and the police chief, Nell barely manages to keep her journalistic distance . . . until the killer contacts her, telling her that her children could be next. Now Nell must match wits with a psychopath who taunts her, daring her and the police to catch him before he can kill again.



Perdition by R. Jean Reid is the second book in the Nell McGraw mystery series which I didn’t know until finishing this novel.  With that being said, I don’t think it is necessary to read the first novel in the series, but I am really interested in getting my hands on it.

I must say that the beginning of this book was really tough.  It was dark and raw and I truly had to set it aside for a while.  I read a lot of thrillers and murder mysteries that are just as graphic and am glad I picked this one back up.  The storyline is great, the writing descriptive and interesting and the characters are real.

Nell is the editor of the newspaper in a small town in Mississippi.  Having lost her husband less than a year ago, she is overworked, stressed out and has a lot of guilt about the lack of time she has been spending with her children.  As a journalist, she is compelled to investigate and find the truth to every story.  So, when a young girl’s decomposed body is found washed up along the shore, and the authorities are quick to label it an accident, she is just as quick to ask questions and dig deeper. Anonymous phone calls in the middle of the night and more murder lead to a tricky investigation that further pits the two law agencies that have jurisdiction over the small town against each other.

This novel has some bumpy twists and turns that made me suspect several of characters.  Although I wasn’t shocked at the end to find out who was committing the murders, there were some surprising events that kept me guessing.

4/5 stars

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