I had never heard of Alison Gayling as an author, but picked up her book based on a good recommendation. Two of my favorite authors, Harlan Coben and Lee Child wrote “label him a big fan," and “A wonderful new character.” That was more than enough for me and I must admit that I was not disappointed.
The main character is Brenna Spector. She is a private investigator, who is working on the case of a missing webcam performer, Lula Belle. She believes that Lula may lead to her sister Clea, who disappeared during her childhood. The main venue is a very interesting area in NY. Brenna is not the only interesting character in the book. Parallel activities of her assistant Trent, an on-and-off boyfriend, Detective Morasco, and her daughter Maya tell me that we can expect a host of new events in the years ahead.
This book was a very interesting and fun book for weekend reading and anyone who likes suspense and modern detective novels.
Can a stranger share your memories?
That's the question that haunts Brenna Spector when she first sees footage of missing webcam performer Lula Belle. Naked but hidden in shadow, the "performance artist" shares her deepest, darkest secrets with her unseen male audience . . . secrets that, to Brenna, are chillingly familiar.
Brenna has perfect memory, able to recall in astonishing detail every moment of every day of her adult life. But her childhood—those carefree years before the traumatic disappearance of her sister, Clea—is frustratingly vague. When Brenna listens to the stories Lula Belle tells her audience, stories only Brenna and Clea could know, those years come to life again in vivid detail. Convinced the missing internet performer has ties to her sister, Brenna takes the case—and in her quest for Lula Belle unravels a web of obsession, sex, guilt, and murder that could regain her family . . . or cost her life.
Alison Gaylin is the award-winning author of Hide Your Eyes and its sequel, You Kill Me; the standalones Trashed and Heartless; and the Brenna Spector series: And She Was, Into the Dark, and Stay with Me. A graduate of Northwestern University and of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she lives with her husband and daughter in Woodstock, New York.