Monday, January 6, 2020

Book Review: Lost Hills, by Lee Goldberg {Eve Ronin Book #1}

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

Eve sat down on the hillside, closed her eyes, and tried to clear her head. It was as if every synapse in her brain was firing at once, a thousand firecrackers exploding, making her ears ring.

The discovery that the Realtor and her car were missing, and the proximity of the dead man in the truck to Coyle’s mobile home, gave Eve a new, terrifying perspective on the murders. It was forcing her to rethink her assumptions, the meaning of the evidence they’d collected, and the significance of what she’d seen in her last walk-through of the house before Jared set it ablaze.

She was still trying to make sense of it all when her phone rang.

It was Duncan. “There’s a huge fire in Topanga.”

“I can see it,” Eve said.

“You’ll never guess where it started.”

It pained her, but she knew. “Tanya’s house.”

She thought about what Jared told her: How am I supposed to live here now? How can anyone live here now?

As I’ve come to expect from Lee Goldberg, this was another great page-turner. The nice, short chapters give convenient stop points, but I never want to stop reading.

Official synopsis: 
Book Review: Lost Hills, by Lee Goldberg {Eve Ronin Book #1}
A video of Deputy Eve Ronin’s off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral, turning her into a popular hero at a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is plagued by scandal. The sheriff, desperate for more positive press, makes Eve the youngest female homicide detective in the department’s history.

Now Eve, with a lot to learn and resented by her colleagues, has to justify her new badge. Her chance comes when she and her burned-out, soon-to-retire partner are called to the blood-splattered home of a missing single mother and her two kids. The horrific carnage screams multiple murder—but there are no corpses.

Eve has to rely on her instincts and tenacity to find the bodies and capture the vicious killer, all while battling her own insecurities and mounting pressure from the media, her bosses, and the bereaved family. It’s a deadly ordeal that will either prove her skills…or totally destroy her.

I was excited to see this book in my to-be-read pile. Both of the thrillers I’ve read from Lee Goldberg have been great. This was the first book with his new character, Deputy Eve Ronin, who earned a transfer to homicide after apprehending a Hollywood star for assault when she was off-duty.

Eve is determined to solve what starts as a missing persons case, but quickly transforms to a triple murder. She doesn’t want any more press, but she does want to do right by the single mom and her two kids who go missing and leave behind a horrific crime scene. Thanks to her determination to actually solve the case and not just place the blame, there’s a great twist near the end when Eve really gets to play the hero.

I’d give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I could not set it down and it felt there was a new development to the case happening all the time. The intricacies of the plot did overshadow the new Eve Ronin character a bit, but I’m sure we’ll get to know her more through the subsequent books in the series.

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