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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
The Fragile Ones by Jennifer Chase is truly a gripping mystery and suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page. Detective Katie Scott is back and has a temporary job of showing a film crew around the local mountain historical sites so they can film a documentary there. As she walks around the area, she spots the bodies of two young girls deep in a ravine. She convinces her uncle, Sheriff Scott, to give the case to her and her partner McGaven. The two put their lives into doing what they do best; finding the person who tragically murdered these two little girls and why.
Chase creates a cast of characters that are believable, realistic, and play their parts perfectly as they develop throughout the story. The plot did a fantastic job of keeping me turning the pages as well as biting my nails through the whole book because of the vivid details of each scene. Parts of this story are also very difficult to read because of the small girls involved. The leads take Katie and McGaven to Rock Creek, which is a quaint little town, but Katie knows something isn't right there. As always, I enjoyed following their wild chase as well as their professionalism in tracking down lead after lead until they were totally exhausted. I felt so bad for the two, wishing I could somehow help. I couldn't figure out the culprit in this one though I did try, but Jennifer Chase does an awesome job of keeping you guessing. Weaving in her knowledge of criminology and criminal justice, as well as extensive research, Chase writes an exceptionally amazing read in The Fragile Ones. If you enjoy a good clean suspense thriller, with a lot of mystery throughout, you definitely need to check this one out. You will love it as much as I did!