Last Light by CJ Lyons ~Goodreads~
Published by Canelo 2016
Paperback edition 344 pages ~Book Depository~
Thank you to Hayley at ED Public Relations for sending me a copy of this brilliant story for an honest review.
1987: Lily Martin is horrifically murdered along with her young child in Texas.
Today: Life should be easy after leaving the FBI- but not if you’re detective Lucy Guardino. Lucy has always seen herself as a normal mum who happened to have a job chasing the worst of the worst. But after a violent predator targets her family and she’s injured, Lucy sacrifices her career at the Bureau.
She joins the Beacon Group, a firm that specializes in cold cases. Lucy fears she’s traded the elite for shepherding a team of amateurs.
She is sent to rural Texas to investigate a case that’s already been closed with the killers behind bars for twenty-nine years.
But who really killed Lily Martin and her infant daughter? Why was an entire family targeted for annihilation? What price will Lucy pay when she fights to expose a truth people will kill to keep buried?
We begin at the Prologue dating back to 1987 where a young woman arrives home with her children and unloads the shopping from the car, and nothing’s quite as heart racing as finding that her baby is missing. This immediately gripped me into this story, and despite us not knowing why or the effect this has until much later on in the book it keeps you thinking at the back of your mind throughout.
We arrive at the present day at The Beacon Group, an establishment that raises awareness on missing, dead, and long forgotten. However, due to lack of funding we’re left with the daunting solvers led by Lucy Guardino a retiree of the FBI after getting injured on duty. From the beginning it’s clear that Lucy has a wealth of knowledge of the field but with the struggles of her injury and her trying to cover it up it becomes clear how passionate she is on educating those who haven’t experienced what it’s like outside of an office job.
Lucy and her team are set the case of murder confession from 1987 (reverting back to the Prologue) and their job is to find out reason for a miscarriage of justice from the request of The Justice Department, no sooner do they realise how disturbing the case is.
The variety of characters with different personalities working on a case like this brings together this brilliant story that unfolds at a good pace building up quite an epic ending and one I certainly wasn’t expecting. CJ Lyons has certainly caught my attention with this new series featuring her Lucy Guardino character and I can’t wait to see what comes next!