Elk Grove Publications
After her messy divorce, Kimberlee Larsen packs up her daughter, Amanda, and heads to Oregon. She’s taking her daughter on a trip to Safari Land and then they plan to start a new life. Kimberlee will need to find a job quickly since her ex-husband isn’t helping with any child support. It's all up to her.
On their way to Oregon, their car breaks down in Fern Lake. They check in to a motel that happens to be near Kimberlee’s childhood home. They decide to spend a few days where they meet up with the resident Black Cat. Amanda quickly renames him Thumper and the Fern Lake Black Cat Legacy begins.
Meanwhile, author Brett Clarke has also checked into Fern Lake’s motel. He is investigating a cold case – the murder of Mark Lassiter. Lassiter was Kimberlee’s father and she has no idea he had been murdered. A huge part of her childhood seems to be missing from her memory.
The mention of the murder begins to trigger hidden memories in both Kimberlee and Thumper. Thumper possesses his ancestor’s memories and helps to guide the investigation along. Kimberlee is plagued with headaches that may be connected to the murder.
As the investigation progresses, more and more lives are in danger. Not to mention that Kimberlee and Brett are drawn closer and closer.
This book takes tons of twists and turns. Just when I thought I figured it all out, something changes to make me re-think my guess. I did have a suspicion of how things would turn out and, for the most part, I was correct. I just didn’t have all the details worked out correctly. It truly was fun to play investigator with Kimberlee and Brett.
I loved the setting – an old childhood home, a motel run by scary people – LOL, and a seemingly peaceful lake. A great place to vacation without the murder, of course :)
Then, there’s the handsome black cat, Thumper. He is able to see past events through his ancestor’s eyes. A very unique idea. Thumper is as much a part of the story, maybe even more, than the human characters. Of course I can never have enough cats in my stories – so more Thumper please!
I truly couldn’t put this book down. I had to know what would happen next. Even when I wasn’t reading, I was trying to solve the case. That’s the sign of a good mystery. I already have the next book in the series on my Kindle.
For reading challenges:
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2016
What An Animal Reading Challenge 2016
I got this one as a Kindle freebie. All opinions expressed are my own.