The Wicked Hour: A Natalie Lockhart Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the award-winning author of Trace of Evil, a detective dealing with the scars of her past must solve a seemingly unconnected string of murders, and face the impossible question of what to do when the killer may be hiding amongst the ones you know, in Alice Blanchard's The Wicked Hour
“Lockhart is a relatable new heroine on the police-procedural scene, and one who will appeal to readers of Tana French." (Booklist)
The day after Burning Lake’s notorious, debauched Halloween celebration, Detective Natalie Lockhart uncovers a heartbreaking scene - a young woman, dead and lying in a dumpster. There’s no clue to who she is, save for a mystifying tattoo on her arm, and a callus underneath her chin. She’s not from around here. No one knows who she is.
As Natalie retraces the young woman’s steps leading up to her death, she uncovers a deeper, darker horror - a string of murders and disappearances, seemingly unconnected, that may have ties to each other - and explain the abrupt disappearance of her best friend years ago.
As she digs deeper within the mind of the hunter, Natalie finds a darkness she could never have imagined. And as she draws closer to the truth, the killer is weaving a trap for her that may prove inescapable.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 53 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 December 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 185,089 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
3,609 in Police Procedural Mysteries
4,403 in Women Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
15,310 in Police Procedurals (Books)
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I absolutely love how Alice Blanchard does not shy away from the tragedy Natalie faced in Trace of Evil. She does not gloss over it. In the time between the ending of Trace of Evil and the beginning of The Wicked Hour, Natalie's life has changed dramatically. She is still grieving and is not living her life. She is alone and barely holding on. Honestly, I appreciate all of this. Not glossing over the pure mess of the first novel makes Natalie so much more relatable and I enjoyed watching her develop as a character throughout the entire novel.
I love how there are quite a few suspects in Natalie's newest case. My head was constantly spinning. There are a good number of twists and turns to keep readers entertained. I did not see the identity of the killer coming nor did I anticipate that very shocking ending (LOVE THAT ENDING).
Why not five stars? The writing is a bit choppy and I felt at times I was repeatedly reading the same back story of Natalie's friend, Bella. Granted, I read an ARC so these issues may very well be corrected when The Wicked Hour is released. I will be reading the finished copy. My only other reason for a lower rating is Luke. However, I cannot rant about Luke without providing spoilers. Just note that he did not develop in this book as much as Natalie and I may or may not have had the urge to throw a book at him on more than one occasion.
The Wicked Hour is a must read for mystery fans. It's entertaining. It's dark. It's real. I am officially obsessed with this series and am already anxiously awaiting for the next book!