Ever So Silent by Christopher Little (Emma Thorne Mystery 1)
English | 2019 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 375 Kb
Ever So Silent : A bustling thriller with a whip-smart female protagonist, Little’s debut novel offers moxie and menace on every page. Thirty-six-year old police officer Emma Thorne certainly has her hands full. As if it isn’t hard enough living in the twitchy-curtain town of Hampshire, Connecticut, her professor husband’s ongoing depression has become so severe he’s stopped teaching his Yale classes. Then, all of a sudden, he vanishes. Soon thereafter, Hampshire’s lecherous mayor promotes Emma to Chief of Police at the exact time that a serial killer starts terrorizing the town. The cops call him “Mr. Sharpie,” because of the permanent marker clues he inks on victims’ bodies. As they search for Mr. Sharpie, Emma’s loyalties are torn when her missing husband becomes a suspect. And when the small-town tides-of-favor turn and her fellow officers start to doubt her innocence, Emma goes rogue to protect both the townspeople and herself against Mr. Sharpie’s rage. Frantic to stop the murders, she is now on the run … hunted by her fellow officers.
“We’ll get to that, but first I need to know where you hurt.”
“I’m okay,” she sobbed. “Just get my Mom. I really need her.”
The EMTs arrived and pulled Emma away from Sophie. “We’ll take it from here.”
“Okay,” Emma said, “but I will need to speak with her in the ambulance.”
Emma watched the EMTs do a rapid trauma check and pronounce her okay. They dressed her wounds, mostly cuts and scrapes. When they loaded her into the ambulance, Emma got in beside her. Sophie was a healthy looking, pink-cheeked teenager. Her blue jeans were ripped in all the right places. She wore a ridiculously revealing tank top like all girls her age seem to do. Her straight black hair reached halfway down her back. Her affect mixed worldly wisdom with teen-aged naïveté.
“What’s your mom’s phone number?” Emma asked. “I’ll call her and have her meet us at the hospital.”
She got Karen King on the line, told her about the accident, and assured her that Sophie was going to be fine.
Emma held her hand. “Sophie, I need to know what happened here. Can you tell me what he did to you?”