Terence Bailey is about to be released from prison for breaking and entering, though investigators have long suspected him in the murders of six women. As his freedom approaches, Bailey gets a surprise visit from Maddison Logan, a hot, young influencer with a huge social media following. Hours later, Maddison disappears, and police suspect she’s been kidnapped—or worse. Is Maddison’s disappearance connected to her visit to Bailey? Why was she visiting him in the first place?
When they hit a wall in the investigation, the FBI reluctantly asks for Rachel’s help in finding the missing influencer. Maddison seems only to exist on social media; she has no family, no friends, and other than in her posts, most people have never seen her. Who is she, really? Using a fake Instagram account, Rachel Krall goes undercover to BuzzCon, a popular influencer conference, where she discovers a world of fierce rivalry that may have turned lethal.
When police find the body of a woman with a tattoo of a snake eating its tail, the FBI must consider a chilling possibility: Bailey has an accomplice on the outside and a dangerous obsession with influencers, including Rachel Krell herself. Suddenly a target of a monster hiding in plain sight, Rachel is forced to confront the very real dangers that lurk in the dark corners of the internet.
Rachel Krall, the true crime podcaster star of Megan Goldin’s acclaimed Night Swim returns to search for a popular social media influencer who disappeared after visiting a suspected serial killer.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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“The scariest monster is the one that hides in plain sight.”
(4 / 5) How are the disappearance of a social media influencer, a newly released prisoner and a podcaster all related? This book will take you on the ride and keep you guessing!
As book 2 to The Night Swim (don’t worry you don’t need to read that one first), I was worried because the first book had weighty courtroom details including rape and more. It was intense and a lot for me to read emotionally. I did not feel that with this one, phew! It definitely did not have as many triggers, in my opinion.
“Always know what you’re walking into. Dark corners can be danger points.”
I’ll admit, Rachel was not the smartest at times. She seemed to have no fear and ran into really stupid situations, alone I might add, all for the sake of her podcast. Ok I get it, you’re making a living, but this is a serial killer, so, really? I felt like I was watching a horror movie yelling at the dumb blonde character to not open that door. Sigh. So I suspended the belief for a lot of her antics and didn’t dwell on them. Because of that, I feel I enjoyed the book more. There were twists and turns and multiple stories going on at once that all crashed together at the end. I was entertained, I enjoyed it and I’ll be reading this author again!
General content summary: little to no language, alcohol, childhood bullying (emotional), body found tied and abandoned (some details, burned, stabbing), many murdered (details of bodies and injuries found), drugs (referenced, bought, multiple), captivity (some details, 2x), spousal death (cancer, previous, few details), intimacy (closed door), a man thinking of many previous killings (some details), physical violence (fists, baseball bat, choking, gun threat).
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the copy!
The book releases August 8, 2023.
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