In this the first full book in the Undertaker’s Daughter series Rowan Dupont has returned home to the funeral home in Winchester, Tennessee where she grew up. Following the murder of her father at the hands of a notorious serial killer she has taken over the business that has been in their family for generations.
Sheriff Billy Brannigan has been her friend since they were at school together and as it becomes clear that the serial killer remains obsessed by Rowan he will do his very best to keep Rowan and the rest of his townsfolk safe.
The more time that Rowan spends at home surrounded by her mother’s journals and notes the more she finds herself questioning what really happened the summer that her sister drowned and then her mother took her own life. Just as Rowan feels like she is starting to make any progress the killer catches up with her…
If you are particularly squeamish you might not enjoy the descriptions of the embalming processes and the preparations that the undertaker makes in advance of the funerals. The book does also deal with themes of suicide and depression.
As the first part proper in Webb’s newest suspense series you aren’t going to get any quick answers to most of the pressing questions that you might have after you have read this installment. What you will have though is a visceral need to keep on reading. To see if there is any spark there between her and Billy, to discover what really happened to her family and to see what has sparked this unholy fascination by the serial killer.
Published by MIRA. UK Publication date: Apr 30 2019. 432 pages.
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