Beneath the Ashes (The Calderwood Cases, #2)
A troubled detective learns that the fires of the past are still burning in this haunting, emotional thriller.When detective Claire Calderwood is called to a grisly murder scene, she’s haunted by memories of her murdered sister. The victim is tied to a motel bed, her head covered in plastic and her body sprinkled with ashes. Claire’s dealt with vile crime scenes before, but this one strikes close to home.Claire’s boyfriend, reporter Noah Washington, once helped find her sister’s killer, but now he’s a distraction to this new investigation. She wants to help him resolve the mysteries of his past, but Noah has been distant, and Claire knows he’s keeping something from her.When another girl is murdered like the first, Claire suspects the work of a serial killer. As the case heats up and evidence mounts, she finds herself in profound danger. Claire’s been burned before; now she must decide if she can trust Noah to help her solve the case and uncover the truth that lies beneath the ashes.

Beneath the Ashes (The Calderwood Cases, #2) Details

TitleBeneath the Ashes (The Calderwood Cases, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 19th, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
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GenreMystery, Crime

Beneath the Ashes (The Calderwood Cases, #2) Review

  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    A much improved effort on the 1st installment of this series - 4 stars. Claire Calderwood is back and still reeling from the aftermath of the previous case. She quickly is called to assist in another municipality in Maine with a grisly murder. A young girl is found dead in a motel room with no suspect to point to, no forensic evidence and no known motive. As she investigates, the stakes get even higher as it appears a serial killer has come to town. I was kind of disappointed with the first book A much improved effort on the 1st installment of this series - 4 stars. Claire Calderwood is back and still reeling from the aftermath of the previous case. She quickly is called to assist in another municipality in Maine with a grisly murder. A young girl is found dead in a motel room with no suspect to point to, no forensic evidence and no known motive. As she investigates, the stakes get even higher as it appears a serial killer has come to town. I was kind of disappointed with the first book in the series (see review here), but wanted to give the author a second chance. I'm really glad I did! The other great thing about this book is that reading the first in the series isn't necessary. There is plenty of catch up sprinkled throughout and it doesn't get too repetitive.I would recommend this if you're looking for a new series with a female lead. I definitely think it's worth your time! Thank you to Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Dea Poirier for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.Review Date: 11/17/19Publication Date: 11/19/19
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Claire Calderwood is called to investigate a horrible murder scene of a young woman found bound, tortured, covered with ashes and her head covered in plastic. She's a seasoned detective, but the scene torments her of her own sister's murdered some years ago.As second young woman is found in the exact same circumstances making the idea of a serial killer not such an impossibility. As her investigation finds some definite leads, she finds herself and her temporary partner in grave Detective Claire Calderwood is called to investigate a horrible murder scene of a young woman found bound, tortured, covered with ashes and her head covered in plastic. She's a seasoned detective, but the scene torments her of her own sister's murdered some years ago.As second young woman is found in the exact same circumstances making the idea of a serial killer not such an impossibility. As her investigation finds some definite leads, she finds herself and her temporary partner in grave danger.The real distraction of this investigation is her boyfriend, Noah, a reporter/true crime author. He's being secretive and distant and Claire is afraid their days are numbered.This is a cleverly put together police procedural with some romance thrown in the mix. There's lots of action, suspense, and the ending is quite surprising. The characters are deftly defined. Although second in the series, this one reads easily as a stand alone.Many thank to the author / Thomas & Mercer / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Elesha
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early version of this and loved Claire's progression. She takes on another grisly case and struggles with her relationship with Noah. Dea writes with grit and depth that make her characters real.
  • Angela Groom
    January 1, 1970
    A good murder 'who done it book. Page turner, lots of suspense and twists as Detective Claire Calderwood is assigned to the case. Is it a Serial killer?This book is part of the Calderwood case series , I didn't know that when I started off and I discovered they can be read as a stand alone.The character of Claire - strong female detective is going to solve the crime, no matter what!Small impact from her boyfriend Noah who is involved in solving the case. I will look forward to reading book A good murder 'who done it book. Page turner, lots of suspense and twists as Detective Claire Calderwood is assigned to the case. Is it a Serial killer?This book is part of the Calderwood case series , I didn't know that when I started off and I discovered they can be read as a stand alone.The character of Claire - strong female detective is going to solve the crime, no matter what!Small impact from her boyfriend Noah who is involved in solving the case. I will look forward to reading book three. 3.5 stars Thank you to the publisher and author - I received an advanced reading copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Avid Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath the Ashes (The Calderwood Cases #2) by Dea Poirier5 starsM/F Thriller Triggers: MurderI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.Claire is recovering from solving her sisters murder when she's asked to help in a nearby community that isn't used to dealing with murder. What Claire finds when she arrives is a grisly scene. Woman, murdered, tied to a bed and covered in ashes. Is this a forensic countermeasure? Someone treating this woman as trash? the questions continue to Beneath the Ashes (The Calderwood Cases #2) by Dea Poirier5 starsM/F Thriller Triggers: MurderI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.Claire is recovering from solving her sisters murder when she's asked to help in a nearby community that isn't used to dealing with murder. What Claire finds when she arrives is a grisly scene. Woman, murdered, tied to a bed and covered in ashes. Is this a forensic countermeasure? Someone treating this woman as trash? the questions continue to pile up, without many answers. When it becomes clear that there is a serial killer among this small community, it will take all of Claire's investigatory skills, as well as a little help from Noah, to figure out how to keep the young woman of the community safe.Noah is still part of this story, but more in a peripheral setting. He is off working on his own case while Claire is working on hers. While they aren't together a whole lot, their paths intertwine and they have some issues to work out.The story is full of suspects. Claire is trying to piece it all together, while racing against the murderer. Just when you think she's figured part of the story out, a twist is thrown in and you have to start all over again.
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  • Jodi Gallegos
    January 1, 1970
    Fresh off the investigation into her sister’s death, detective Claire Calderwood is called to investigate a murder in a nearby community. A girl’s body has been found tied to the bed of a hotel room, covered in ashes. Without witnesses, and with few clues, Claire must figure out who killed this girl while dealing with her own memories and the realization that her boyfriend, Noah, has been keeping secrets about his own past. And then another girl is found, and another. Now, faced with a serial Fresh off the investigation into her sister’s death, detective Claire Calderwood is called to investigate a murder in a nearby community. A girl’s body has been found tied to the bed of a hotel room, covered in ashes. Without witnesses, and with few clues, Claire must figure out who killed this girl while dealing with her own memories and the realization that her boyfriend, Noah, has been keeping secrets about his own past. And then another girl is found, and another. Now, faced with a serial killer, Claire has to find out how the three girls, text messages from a burner cell phone, and GPS coordinates tie them all together while under pressure from the local police and a very irate hospital CEO to find the killer.In her follow up to Next Girl to Die, author Dea Poirier has expertly crafted another thrilling who-done-it. The story line is fast paced and with just as much intensity as book one. Claire is someone you can just identify with, she isn’t perfect, but she’s exactly the person her past has molded her into. While characters in some books seem to act just to advance the plot line, Claire is consistent and genuine. Poirier has also done an amazing job of bringing the details of Maine to life so that the setting acts as another character, helping to bring a stark, harsh richness to an already chilling story. The crime and resolution is just as satisfying as I’d hoped (no spoilers from me!).Beneath the Ashes (The Calderwood Cases #2) will be released November 19, 2019. *I received an ARC of Beneath the Ashes from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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  • Neriah Samraksha
    January 1, 1970
    "Sometimes, I realize there are shadows so big they'll eclipse your entire life, all that you are."I am not eager to write this review. The cover with an intriguing description drew me to this book. Since this book is one of my first few requests to be approved, my anticipation for this book reached its peak. The other reviewers who had already read this book suggested that it can read as a standalone. That just perked my interest up and I was eager to divulge in this book. I am not disappointed "Sometimes, I realize there are shadows so big they'll eclipse your entire life, all that you are."I am not eager to write this review. The cover with an intriguing description drew me to this book. Since this book is one of my first few requests to be approved, my anticipation for this book reached its peak. The other reviewers who had already read this book suggested that it can read as a standalone. That just perked my interest up and I was eager to divulge in this book. I am not disappointed with the book but I didn't particularly live up to my expectations and crushed my anticipation for this book.Detective Clair Calderwood has just solved her sister, Rachel's and related murder sprees. She has been getting a lot of attention from the media for it and the only interview she had given was to her boyfriend, Noah. Now, she is called to assist Camden's PD after they find a horrific murder scene involving a teenager who is bound naked to the bed with ashes spread over her body and her head covered in a plastic bag, in a local motel. Claire starts the investigation, assisted by a beat cop of Camden PD, Sergeant Austin Pelletier. Amidst this, she finds out Noah is going back to his town to investigate his best friend's mother's murder after some new lead shows up. Claire finds out Noah has kept so many secrets and she feels betrayed. She is afraid that her one proper relationship might come to an end. But her Camden killer strikes again in the same pattern. And again. The case is going cold because those under suspects are easily cleared. The only thread that connects all the victims are their medical history. All the girls murdered had visited the same hospital for treatment. She is sure that their culprit is in the hospital. But who is it? Predictable. Forget what I said, I am disappointed. It worked well for one time read. Here's what I loved about the book: the cover, the well-planned murder, interrogations/questioning and the writing style of the author. The first quarter of the book is pretty interesting and kept me hooked but after that, everything went downhill. I didn't find a certain death necessary. There are so many aspects of the plot that was left unexplored. I felt that there was just too much attention to romance. I love the combination of murder mystery/romance and I love how they balance each other. The romance is this book is distracting to the reader. It could've been portrayed well and the way their cases intertwined was just so predictable. This was one of my highly anticipated reads and it failed to reach my expectations. The characters are well written but not properly justified. Claire is a strong woman and a really good detective but this book didn't do justice to her character. Maybe, if I have read the first one, that opinion would've been different. Austin could've been so much more. The only character I loved in this book is Harper. The last chapters felt rushed and ruined the book for me.The only reason why I endured this book is Dea's writing style. I will certainly read whatever she writes next, only for that reason.I have heard a great deal about the first book of this series which I will check out sometime soon. If that disappoints me as well, I would be heartbroken.Recommended: Most of the readers of this book liked it and even though, I don't personally recommend it, you can give this a read and judge it for yourself.
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  • Jacqueline Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    Oooooh am I happy to have happened upon this series, I love a good Detective series and always on the lookout to add new ones to my ever growing list…. Although Beneath the Ashes is the second in the Det Claire Calderwood series, I had no issue reading it as a standalone although having enjoyed it immensely (in a sick and twisted way ha ha), I will be going back to read the first book.The body of a young woman is found in a motel room tied to a bed with a plastic bag over her head, the entire Oooooh am I happy to have happened upon this series, I love a good Detective series and always on the lookout to add new ones to my ever growing list…. Although Beneath the Ashes is the second in the Det Claire Calderwood series, I had no issue reading it as a standalone although having enjoyed it immensely (in a sick and twisted way ha ha), I will be going back to read the first book.The body of a young woman is found in a motel room tied to a bed with a plastic bag over her head, the entire contents of an ashtray can tipped over the body…. A sex game gone wrong? Highly unlikely, Calderwood is called in to help as she has vast knowledge and experience with murders and although she is still raw from finally solving the murder of her sister together with her boyfriend and reporter, Noah Washington, she will give this case her all, she wants justice for this girl and her family. With no clues and the scene/body destroyed with the DNA from the ashes, where to begin? A couple of nights later, same motel, same thing happens again… are they on the hunt for a serial killer although technically the body count has to be 3 to even consider that…. Claire knows in her own mind that this is the work of a practised killer and more bodies will mount up.Thoroughly enjoyed this, a great police procedural mystery with side stories including personal to the characters, it was fast paced, couldn’t put it down, and sure wouldn’t be a mystery without some twists thrown in so get ready! Highly recommend.
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  • Stacy Bruton
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath the Ashes by Dea Poirier is a “who done it” mystery thriller with a couple of intriguing twists throughout the book. This book also captures police procedure and has the reader follow through as the case unfolds. While the book itself isn’t overly complicated with the “who done it”, it isn’t a super easy conclusion either. I enjoyed trying to figure it out as everything unfolded. The characters are one of my favorite parts of this book. Poirier has added just the right amount of Beneath the Ashes by Dea Poirier is a “who done it” mystery thriller with a couple of intriguing twists throughout the book. This book also captures police procedure and has the reader follow through as the case unfolds. While the book itself isn’t overly complicated with the “who done it”, it isn’t a super easy conclusion either. I enjoyed trying to figure it out as everything unfolded. The characters are one of my favorite parts of this book. Poirier has added just the right amount of supporting characters to really make things interesting. She has given the supporting characters just enough details and intrigue that keeps me wanting to know more. As in her previous story, Detective Calderwood continues to be a strong female detective who is determined to solve the case. Noah, Claire’s significant other is given more back story and plays a part in helping to solve the current case. There is also some tension that arises which adds to the intrigue. Poirier gives Roxie, Claire’s best friend and former partner a staring role that sets the future for additional Calderwood cases and plot development.I would have to say that the biggest downside to this book is the “who done it” character seemed to not be as developed as I felt they should have been which makes me wonder if originally the bad guy was going to be someone else.I look forward to continuing the Calderwood cases!Thank you to the publisher as I received an advanced reading copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • Suanne
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath the Ashes is the second in Poirier’s Calderwood series. Detective Claire Calderwood is investigate a murder in a nearby community across the island where she lives. When a girl’s body is discovered tied to the bed of a hotel room and covered with ashes from an ash can. There are no witnesses and the efficacy of the few clues has been diluted with DNA from multiple cigarettes. Claire must handle her past (the death of her sister) while figuring out who killed this girl. When another girl Beneath the Ashes is the second in Poirier’s Calderwood series. Detective Claire Calderwood is investigate a murder in a nearby community across the island where she lives. When a girl’s body is discovered tied to the bed of a hotel room and covered with ashes from an ash can. There are no witnesses and the efficacy of the few clues has been diluted with DNA from multiple cigarettes. Claire must handle her past (the death of her sister) while figuring out who killed this girl. When another girl is found, Claire is faced tracking down one very smart serial killer.The pacing of the novel is fast and intense enough that I read it in one sitting. The police procedural aspect seems accurate. Claire is tough enough to be a cop, but with enough flaws to be human. Though this is the second in the series and I hadn’t read #1 (Next Girl to Die), I was able to read Beneath the Ashes without difficulty. My only complaint was that Noah, Claire’s boyfriend, isn’t well realized, but that may be because he was well-delineated in book one. The New England winter is almost a character in itself. This book might do well read in conjunction with The Winter Sister by Megan Collins. Both books deal with the loss of a sister via murder, but the The Winter Sister is told from the POV of a “civilian” while Beneath the Ashes is told from the police POV.
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  • Lyn
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in this series, The Next Girl to Die, totally captivated me. The heart of the story touched me. It felt personal. Unfortunately, this book didn't give me the same depth of emotion. It came across more police procedural, Joe Friday-esque.I enjoyed following along as Det. Calderwood pieced together clues and interviewed witnesses. It gave me a true sense of what LE goes through as they try to solve a crime. Putting together pieces of information, discarding others, second-guessing The first book in this series, The Next Girl to Die, totally captivated me. The heart of the story touched me. It felt personal. Unfortunately, this book didn't give me the same depth of emotion. It came across more police procedural, Joe Friday-esque.I enjoyed following along as Det. Calderwood pieced together clues and interviewed witnesses. It gave me a true sense of what LE goes through as they try to solve a crime. Putting together pieces of information, discarding others, second-guessing what could be important but might not mean a thing -- the thought process was fascinating.But I felt the human element was missing. Until problems with Noah surfaced. Her struggle with trying to solve this crime and stay ahead of a killer, while questioning her relationship and dealing with residual grief over her sister's murder, finally gave me what I'd been missing: her humanity.I only hope the next book is less procedural and back to the flavor of her first book where I could feel and experience what it means to be affected on a deep level, all while maintaining professionalism in difficult situations.
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  • buzy_reading
    January 1, 1970
    When girls are murdered in this small town community Claire is called to duty as a lead detective. Each girls death is a reminder of her sister’s murder. Claire is determined and dedicated to this case. It’s personal on a level that only Claire and Noah understand. Overall: I enjoyed following Claire around this small town interviewing individuals. As a seasoned homicide detective Claire is well respected. These books are part of the Calderwood Cases series, yet they can be read as a When girls are murdered in this small town community Claire is called to duty as a lead detective. Each girls death is a reminder of her sister’s murder. Claire is determined and dedicated to this case. It’s personal on a level that only Claire and Noah understand. Overall: I enjoyed following Claire around this small town interviewing individuals. As a seasoned homicide detective Claire is well respected. These books are part of the Calderwood Cases series, yet they can be read as a stand-alone. I sensed that this was an extension from another book with a few references mentioned about her sister and Noah. I thought the killer was careless with his actions making it too easy for Claire to piece together this crime. I’m not sure Claire would’ve succeeded had the killer not been so impatient with his eagerness to kill. Dea is a tease giving you just enough information to bait the reader. In romance books this is referred to as angst building. Not sure what to reference it in a homicide case. I like how vulnerable and uncertain Claire is in her relationship with Noah, yet assertive and certain in her position as a homicide detective.
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  • Sharon Grow
    January 1, 1970
    A woman is found dead in a motel room in Camden, Maine. Since the town does not have an active homicide detective, Detective Claire Calderwood is requested. Claire and her boyfriend, reporter Noah Washington, recently solved the murder of her sister, and her feelings are still raw. This murder is particularly brutal and now another woman has been found, killed in the same manner. As the investigation proceeds, Claire discovers that there may be a link to the local hospital and has to deal with A woman is found dead in a motel room in Camden, Maine. Since the town does not have an active homicide detective, Detective Claire Calderwood is requested. Claire and her boyfriend, reporter Noah Washington, recently solved the murder of her sister, and her feelings are still raw. This murder is particularly brutal and now another woman has been found, killed in the same manner. As the investigation proceeds, Claire discovers that there may be a link to the local hospital and has to deal with the CEO who only wants to protect the hospital’s reputation. Meanwhile, Noah is out of town on a family matter that he refuses to share with Claire. Claire is a strong female character who refuses to back down and will solve this case, hopefully before the killer strikes again. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
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  • Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the Calderwood Cases series and can be read as a stand-alone. Dea Poirier has crafted a detailed novel in which she artistically utilizes the harshness of Maine winter as part of the story’s dark underpinning. Poirier’s plot moves at a steady pace with limited foreshadowing, giving the reader a heighten sense of trepidation throughout the story. Characterization is strong, making Claire’s internal and external conflicts relatable and her character’s attributes really This is the second book in the Calderwood Cases series and can be read as a stand-alone. Dea Poirier has crafted a detailed novel in which she artistically utilizes the harshness of Maine winter as part of the story’s dark underpinning. Poirier’s plot moves at a steady pace with limited foreshadowing, giving the reader a heighten sense of trepidation throughout the story. Characterization is strong, making Claire’s internal and external conflicts relatable and her character’s attributes really stand out. While the first book highlighted who Detective Claire Calderwood was and defined her background, this story gives the reader a glimpse of what it’s like for her to just exist in the aftermath. Fabulous read. 5 stars.Thank you to #NetGalley for this ARC, which I read and reviewed voluntarily. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath the Ashes picks up where the previous book ended – with Clair getting a call from across the bay to assist the Camden Police Department with a murder of a young woman. With Clair's experience as a homicide detective she is put in charge of the investigation along with being assigned a wet behind the ears female partner. Their investigation into the one murder slowly reveals that this isn't the first for this killer. Clair is still struggling with the death of her sister and with her new Beneath the Ashes picks up where the previous book ended – with Clair getting a call from across the bay to assist the Camden Police Department with a murder of a young woman. With Clair's experience as a homicide detective she is put in charge of the investigation along with being assigned a wet behind the ears female partner. Their investigation into the one murder slowly reveals that this isn't the first for this killer. Clair is still struggling with the death of her sister and with her new relationship with Noah Washington, the reporter that help her find her sister killer in the first book. They both have demons from the past that haunt them today and it turns out that Clair's current case may have ties to a unsolved murder from Noah's past.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    A serial killer with of young women an especially nasty bent is haunting Maine. Claire, a great detective who solved her own sister's murder (and is still dealing with her grief) is called in to help local law enforcement. Fans of the genre will appreciate this one for the good characters in Claire and her boyfriend Noah, a journalist with his own issues- they round out what might otherwise be a tad voyeuristic. It's a fast paced read that builds on the first book (don't worry- you'll be fine A serial killer with of young women an especially nasty bent is haunting Maine. Claire, a great detective who solved her own sister's murder (and is still dealing with her grief) is called in to help local law enforcement. Fans of the genre will appreciate this one for the good characters in Claire and her boyfriend Noah, a journalist with his own issues- they round out what might otherwise be a tad voyeuristic. It's a fast paced read that builds on the first book (don't worry- you'll be fine with this as a standalone). Poirier takes advantage of the setting to add atmospherics. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good one.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I read the first book in this series and loved it and was so excited to see a sequel. Unfortunately the second book was not as good as the first. I like the characters Claire and Noah but the story line for this book was honestly boring. I really didn't get into this book till I was almost in the middle of the book. I hate giving bad reviews but I really prefer a book that keeps me reading into the night. If the author does write another book I will watch for it because the first book in this I read the first book in this series and loved it and was so excited to see a sequel. Unfortunately the second book was not as good as the first. I like the characters Claire and Noah but the story line for this book was honestly boring. I really didn't get into this book till I was almost in the middle of the book. I hate giving bad reviews but I really prefer a book that keeps me reading into the night. If the author does write another book I will watch for it because the first book in this series was great and the writing is good. So crossing my fingers the next book is just as great as the first!
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  • Patty Nobles
    January 1, 1970
    “Beneath the Ashes,” the latest novel by Dea Poirier and it is a masterfully written novel of suspense and intrigue. Tracking a serial killer is a difficult job for a local detective, and it is extremely difficult in a small community where everyone seems to know something or someone related to the murders of young women. Ms. Poirier has a rare talent that allows the reader to be mystified until the very end. I was given an advanced copy of this book, and all of the opinions expressed in this “Beneath the Ashes,” the latest novel by Dea Poirier and it is a masterfully written novel of suspense and intrigue. Tracking a serial killer is a difficult job for a local detective, and it is extremely difficult in a small community where everyone seems to know something or someone related to the murders of young women. Ms. Poirier has a rare talent that allows the reader to be mystified until the very end. I was given an advanced copy of this book, and all of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from Netgalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.A good series. A page Turner. Suspenseful with a growing lead character. Dect. Clarie Calderwood is asked to assist with a grisly murder. As she starts investigating, another body is discovered. Could she be dealing with a Serial Killer? The young women were in the hospital a few weeks before their murders. Is that a coincidence? As suspect after suspect is cleared, will Clarie be able to solve this case before it hits close to I received this from Netgalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.A good series. A page Turner. Suspenseful with a growing lead character. Dect. Clarie Calderwood is asked to assist with a grisly murder. As she starts investigating, another body is discovered. Could she be dealing with a Serial Killer? The young women were in the hospital a few weeks before their murders. Is that a coincidence? As suspect after suspect is cleared, will Clarie be able to solve this case before it hits close to home? Happy Reading 😊
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  • Noelle Brighton
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Dea's first book, Next Girl to Die, and her newest, Beneath the Ashes, does not disappoint! Poirer weaves an exciting crime drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. Her main character, Claire, is a tough, no-nonsense cop that is tenacious and intelligent. She shows everyone a hard exterior yet, thanks to the perspective Poirer writes from, we are able to see her soft side that battles internal demons and feels much more than she lets on. Great write! Highly recommend!
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Claire is called in to help with a case not long after solving her sister’s murder. Another great suspense book by Dea Poirier. Her characters feel very real and the story keeps you wanting to keep reading to find out what happens. I love stories with strong female characters and this one happened to have a couple of them. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy to read and review.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in this series and I found it to be a very good read. The story this time with Detctive Claire Calderwood is more in depth and has a few really good twists. The characters and storyline are very well written . A murder mystery book that kept my attention and had me reading until done. Look forward to another in this series.
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  • Melanie Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this one just as much as the first. I really like Dea's work. This book had me guessing all wrong with the plenty twists and turns it left me in. It was written beautifully and the characters were very likeable. I hope there's another one in this series.Thank you Netgalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Catharine Riggs
    January 1, 1970
    Highly recommend this newly released, fast-paced thriller featuring a tough but flawed female detective investigating a series of shocking small-town murders that occur during the harshness of a Maine winter. Book two of the Calderwood Cases. A twisty police procedural that’s hard to set down.
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  • Priya
    January 1, 1970
    The suspense and the narrative were good. The police investigation was good. But where it fell short was in the explanation. Some loose threads were left off, like the missing case records of the first victim, selection and execution of the last female victim. The previous murders were not explained. 3.5 stars The suspense and the narrative were good. The police investigation was good. But where it fell short was in the explanation. Some loose threads were left off, like the missing case records of the first victim, selection and execution of the last female victim. The previous murders were not explained. 3.5 stars ⭐️
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  • Athena Stephenson
    January 1, 1970
    Great suspenseful thriller! Intense and full of twists and turns. Left me guessing till the end. I really enjoyed Claire and am intrigued about the murder case of her sister so I must go read that too!
  • Elena May
    January 1, 1970
    Well craftedThis book is well crafted. The story line and mystery were well written. Descriptions were not flowery but worked well. Enough of the personal lives of the characters to make them real. About seventy five percent into the book I did not put it down. Very enjoyable.
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  • Carissa Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    Clever, creepy, atmospheric, and perfectly paced...Poirier knocked this one out of the park. The female lead is tough and relatable, with a dark, softer part to her personality that really draws me in and makes me love her. I’m excited to read more books! Poirier has a fan in me.
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  • Michelle Debnam
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic who done it thriller with some twists throughout which keep you wanting to read moreDetective Claire Calderwood is called to a scene which strangely resembles aspects of her sisters murder could it be a copycat killet at large
  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good quick thriller. I enjoyed the pacing and the twists of the story, even if the romance felt a little superfluous. It wasn't done in a way that made sense, but since this is a continuing series, I can understand why it was a subplot.
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