A young police officer, Shea, is sent undercover to infiltrate a small college town where three freshman girls have disappeared without a trace. Shea herself is an immensely sympathetic protagonist who just survived another undercover case, which left her with PTSD and a distrust of her male handler, who doesn’t seem to care about her well-being. Written by a retired cold case homicide detective, this standalone mystery is a remarkable, superbly paced police procedural that kept me on the edge of my seat and is an ode to female strength, loyalty, and friendship.
Three missing girls, no leads, a vault of dark secrets, and a case that's getting chillier by the minute, set the stage for this nail-biting procedural from former cold case homicide detective and acclaimed author Lissa Marie Redmond.
Three college freshmen go missing from their rural hometown of Kelly's Falls while on Christmas break. Their cell phones, coats, and purses are left behind, but the girls have disappeared without a trace. As the days turn into weeks and the investigation grows cold, twenty-three year old Buffalo police officer Shea O'Connor is called on to dig up leads undercover.
Still bearing the emotional and physical scars of a previous case, O'Connor infiltrates as eighteen-year-old Shea Anderson, a college freshman and the "niece" of the town's police chief. As she begins to immerse herself in the missing girls' world, befriending their friends and family, and doing whatever it takes to maintain her cover, O'Connor realizes the track is far colder than she initially thought. But whoever was behind the girls' disappearance was only warming up, and they have set their crosshairs directly on her.
The heat is on for O'Connor as she closes in on the shocking truth about what really happened the night the girls vanished.
About the Author
Lissa Marie Redmond is a retired cold case homicide detective from Buffalo, NY. She handled a number of high-profile cases and appeared on numerous television shows including Dateline and Murder by Numbers. Her short fiction has appeared in Buffalo Noir, Down & Out:The Magazine and other publications. Her Cold Case Investigation series was published by Midnight Ink Books. A proud wife and mom to two children, Redmond lives and writes in Buffalo.
Praise for The Secrets They Left Behind: "[An] engrossing mystery... Redmond, a former cold case homicide detective, skillfully doles out the plot twists. Fans of small-town police procedurals will be satisfied." —Publishers Weekly
“Lissa Marie Redmond does a fantastic job of storytelling, with twists and turns everywhere you look. I recommend this book to any lover of suspense and thrillers.” —San Francisco Book Review
“This author recognizes exactly how to capture her audience and keep them riveted with the many twists and turns and subplots included in the narrative. The characters are well-defined, especially dealing with present-day teenagers, and the crime theories and scenarios are spot on.” —New York Journal of Books
“A weighty character with real depth...This young, questioning, principled cop has all the makings of a new series character.” —BookTrib
“Redmond’s mystery is filled with dark small-town secrets, but it’s her engaging heroine who keeps you turning the pages. In a genre filled with world-weary heroes, it’s refreshing to meet a protagonist who is authentic, new to the job, and honest about her mistakes.” —Brian Freeman, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep, Deep Snow “Small town secrets and suspense on every page...what’s not to love?” —Emily Littlejohn, author of Shatter the Night