Review: NIGHTSCREAM by Morgan Hannah MacDonald
NO ONE WILL HEAR YOU SCREAM
A serial killer terrorizing a small mountain town sets his sights on those hunting him.
Cody Thomas is an FBI agent working with the Violent Crimes Unit in Los Angeles, California when he takes a week off to decompress in his hometown of Big Bear.
Jilly Reid has left the Central Homicide Unit of San Bernardino and moved up the mountain to her hometown of Big Bear to get away from death and her cheating ex-husband.
No sooner does Cody arrive in town when he runs into Jilly, a girl he knew in high school. But there’s no time to reminisce, she’s in a hurry. An incoherent call came into dispatch. A fisherman down in Hunters Cove is carrying on about finding dead women. A lot of them.
Cody blackmails Jilly into letting him ride along. What they find is an underwater graveyard. A serial killer is using the lake to dump his victims. Seven women, brutally tortured, are chained to cinder blocks, their long tresses waving back and forth with the current. Their faces set in a silent scream for all eternity.
At first, Cody and Jilly think the killer is long gone, but soon they learn he’s watching them. Taunting them. Then women start disappearing at an alarming rate.
Meagan McInnis and Jesse James Thomas go to meet his brother, Cody, at the family cabin for spring break. But relaxing is the last thing they get when Meagan’s sister, Bridget, goes missing.
Now the clock is ticking. Can the killer be stopped before time runs out?
NIGHTSCREAM by Morgan Hannah MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
With a quirky cast of characters this double plot suspense not only has you cringing at the grisly murders but laughing out loud. Now you might think how can humor and a grisly murders work together right.. Somehow the author pulls it off in this page turner.
The small town of Big Bear, California is the backdrop for where the majority of the story takes place. Cody Thomas and his brother Jesse and his girlfriend Meagan (who where the main couple in Sandman) have come to spend some relaxing time at their family cabin. But turns out their vacation is interrupted by two major things.
Jilly Reid who is a deputy in Big Bear accidentally runs in to Cody (with her car) on her way to a call about a fisherman finding women at the bottom of the lake. As Cody is with the FBI’s Violent Crimes Unit he decides he is going to tag along. Jilly isn’t fond of the former bad boy she had a crush on through high school but once its determined they have a serial killer on their hands that makes it the FBI’s jurisdiction and she is forced to work with him.
Meagan gets word not long after getting to the cabin that her married sister has run off. At first it just looks like maybe she was tired of her life as a wife and mother but turns out she got herself into quite the situation as Meagan and Jesse dig into things.
Both plots run simultaneously throughout the book with plenty of shocking moments in both cases. Equal attention was given to both and as a reader I didn’t feel either suffered and both ended with satisfying conclusions.
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