I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Widowmaker by Hannah Morrissey
Series: Black Harbor #2
Published by Minotaur Books on December 6, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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A wealthy family shrouded in scandal; a detective tasked with solving an impossible cold case; and a woman with a dark past collide in Hannah Morrissey's stunning new Black Harbor mystery, The Widowmaker.
Ever since business mogul Clive Reynolds disappeared twenty years ago, the name "Reynolds" has become synonymous with "murder" and "mystery." And now, lured by a cryptic note, down-on-her-luck photographer Morgan Mori returns home to Black Harbor and into the web of their family secrets and double lives. The same night she photographs the Reynolds holiday get-together, Morgan becomes witness to a homicide of a cop that triggers the discovery of a long-buried clue.
This could finally be the thing to crack open the chilling cold case, and Investigator Ryan Hudson has a chance to prove himself as lead detective. If only he could stop letting his need to solve his partner's recent murder distract him. But as Morgan exposes her own dark demons, could her sordid history be the key to unlocking more than one mystery?
I thought that this book was really good! This is the second book in the Black Harbor series but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel since the only connection between the two books is the setting and a few characters. This book juggled a couple of mysteries and I had no idea how anything would turn out in the end. I just love it when a book can keep me guessing and this one had some very surprising moments.
This story is told from two different points of view. Ryan Hudson is an investigator with the local police department. He has been assigned the cold case of Clive Reynolds’s disappearance twenty years earlier but he is also desperate to solve the recent murder of his former partner. Morgan Mori is a photographer who is hired to photograph a party for the Reynolds family only to stumble upon a crime at a convenience store on her way home. There is more going on than either Hudson or Morgan can imagine and they may both have a few secrets of their own.
I liked the characters in this book because they kept me guessing until the very end. Hudson and Morgan both had very interesting histories and I liked the unlikely team they formed, along with Seargent Kole. It was really interesting to see the mysteries unravel and I loved it as each piece of the puzzle fell into place. There was plenty of excitement to go around and once I hit the midpoint of the book, I found it almost impossible to set aside.
I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a very well-done mystery that contained some darker themes. I look forward to reading more of Hannah Morrissey’s work in the future.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Minotaur Books.