Shattered (Unbreakable 2) by Melissa Seal

Melissa Seal leads us on a plot-twisting, page-turning, emotionally charged thrill ride that you will not want to miss!

Book blurb

Detective Lexie Fleming and her lover Dani survived a serial killer in Unbreakable. Now they are ready to take their love to the next level, but before that can happen, Dani must deal with her past trauma. She spent seventy-two hours trapped in the mountains being tortured and beaten by the Last Call Killer. As Dani fights to get past the nightmares and get back to work, Lexie embarks on another deadly case.

Meanwhile, Chris Fleming is biding his time in prison, waiting for the perfect time to make his move. His only focus is getting back to Dani and finishing what he started.

While Lexie is busy working a new case that will ultimately lead her to confront a killer from her past, Dani is busy second-guessing her choices. After making a life-changing decision, the women struggle to keep their relationship on track. Will their love be strong enough to keep them together, or will the pain of the past destroy them once and for all?

As Dani begins a new career as firefighter, she faces her worst nightmare. When she responds to a call, her heart stops as she realizes her love has been involved in a horrific car accident. Will the firefighters be able to work fast enough to save Lexie?

My thoughts

Dani and Lexi’s relationship moves along in this second book. They are living together. They are both still recovering from what happened in the first book. Dani is on sick leave, Lexi is having to work with a new partner. Their relationship will move on at a pace through the book until a terrible road traffic incident deals a devastating blow.

Through this Lexi and her new partner, Jordan, are working a missing persons case. Lexi is also informed about the death of her ex-husband in prison. However, all is not what it seems with regards to ‘The Last Call killer’ and as they close in on the perpetrator Lexi is in for a shock.

Dani makes a big decision in her working life. This and a few other things bring about some heated conversations between her and Lexi. Everything is being worked out. The couple are, at last, getting on with their lives. There are some lovely and special events which bring a lot of joy to Lexi, Danni, their family and friends – and to the reader.

The missing persons case gets complicated when another person goes missing. Lexi and Jordan are desperately trying to find the links between the victims whilst, temporarily, locating one of the kidnapped victims only to find out that she has been taken – again!

Lexi and Jordan work hard at the case and as they continue to follow leads they begin to move in on their perpetrator. This is a twisty tale and one that will bring quite a satisfying resolution for more than one reason.

As one case concludes Lexi and Dani can concentrate on their personal lives. Soon though another case comes in for Lexi and Jordan one that will bring with it deadly threats and dreadful consequences.

The importance of family and friends runs through the book. They share some wonderful times in this book but they are also there when a devastating blow is dealt to Dani and Lexi. I think this year, in particular, has brought home to us all the importance of family – in all its varied and wonderful guises – how distressing it is and how deeply we feel when we confront loss.

What happens from then on leads to the shocking cliffhanger on which the book ends.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series even with it’s foibles. The two main characters have a wonderful relationship so what happens in the storyline is all the more shattering. It’s pretty emotional and well done by the author.

As the series moves on this story is as much about the characters relationship as it is the investigation and yet they are intrinsically bound together. The book moves at a pace and at times takes your breath away. It will leave you reeling at its conclusion – the boldness, the audacity!

If you enjoy your crime fiction with a big dollop of the main characters personal story, their romance, intricately weaved through the plot then this is the book and series for you. Still, the crime storylines are gripping and engaging and I believe the author has struck a good balance throughout the book.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.

Important note!

Such a lot happens in this the second in the Unbreakable series I think that it’s important to have read the first book before reading this one. Even more importantly do read this second in the series before going on to read any further books of which there must surely be more.

Book: Purchased

If you’re a regular here you’ll know that Melissa Seal did an author piece with an excerpt of Unbreakable on my blog a while ago. I then followed that with my thoughts about her first book. I am delighted to be able to support Melissa in this small way.

Information

Publisher: Emerald Publishing (October 14, 2020) | Language: English | ASIN: B08L7XLDD4

If you’d like to support Melissa then buying a copy of “Shattered” and/or “Unbreakable” would be a great thing to do. You can currently get both ebooks for £3.30.

Buy: AmazonSmileUK | AmazonUS

Author

Melissa Seal is a U.S. Army veteran with over 25 years of honorable service. She is an outdoor enthusiast and loves hiking, kayaking and traveling. Her happy place is the beach. Melissa resides in Courtland, Virginia with her longtime partner Wendy, her daughter Olivia, cat Smokey and their dog Jake. Melissa published her first book in November 2019.

Author page: authors.emerald-design.co | Twitter : @msealauthor | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissasealauthor | Instagram handle: @melissasealauthor

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