Book #2 of the Cole and Callahan Thriller Series
Date Published: April 15, 2018
Publisher: Intrigue Publishing
Detective John Stark approaches the PI team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan with a postcard he’s sure is from his estranged daughter, Kira. She’s been listed as a runaway for three years by Portland, Maine police, but John isn’t convinced that her continued absence is by choice. As Stark’s long-time friends, Cole and Callahan agree to look into the postcard marked only with the letters O.K.
The postmark leads them to Oracles of the Kingdom, a farm where women sell fresh produce in return for a fresh start with God. But nothing seems right about the town or the farm and Britt goes undercover to look for Kira. Once inside, she realizes Oracles of the Kingdom is not the refuge it appears. And when she's trafficked over the Canadian border she’s on her own, over her head and losing clarity between hero and victim.
If you are wanting a wild ride that keeps you guessing, this is for you. It's mostly a fast paced novel, especially in the beginning. It may slow down a bit, but I think that as you have to think a bit more about what is going on, that is needed. I would have been lost if it had kept up at the fast pace.
Cults are something that have always fascinated me. I think that Patricia Hale manages to use both that and the Prostitution Ring and keep the novel quite fresh compared to other novels. That being said, this does cover some grittier topics, so be prepared.
It was a solid Thriller with a great attention to the facts we needed more detail on.
Patricia Hale received her MFA degree from Goddard College. Her essays have appeared in literary magazines and the anthology, My Heart’s First Steps. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of Revenge, was published in 2013. The Church of the Holy Child (9/17) is the first book in her PI series featuring the team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan. The second book, Durable Goods, will be released April 15, 2018. Patricia is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, NH Writers Project and Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two dogs.