While I have never read many mysteries in my time ( Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys did very little to impress me), I believe I have a right to claim this novel a great read! The author has no problem mixing subtle hints of southern charm into the chaotic world of badges and bodies. Every clue leading to another, much like the longing glances between main character Avery North and her heart throb Jackson. Yes, this book perfectly reflects the real life hardships of juggling family, faith, work, love, and a mending heart as we are introduced to the struggles of Avery's life. This book is simply wonderful; it will appeal to every need to anyone's inner bookworm.
Avery North is a wonderful character. She has a huge conflict going on inside trying to balance her job as a police detective and her family commitments. This whole conflict is very well presented as she works her way through leading the team trying to solve the murders of 2 Jane Does. Along with this inner conflict she is dealing with personal heartache from losses in the past that keep coming to her mind as the case progresses. She is a very realistic character that has been developed with incredible thought to detail.
She is surrounded by a number of other well written characters both in her family and on her team. I really enjoyed getting to know each of them. I hope that I learn more about them in future books in this series.
The plot leaves nothing to be desired. It is very intricately woven and proceeds to build throughout the novel. It is very nicely interspersed with sections that work to develop the characters and their relationships. This novel has a very nice balance between the two. I was kept guessing throughout the story as to exactly how the murders were committed and how they tied in with other criminal activity that was going on.