Book Review | Watch Her Vanish by Ellery Kane - Rockwell and Decker Book One


Title: Watch Her Vanish

Author: Ellery Kane

Publisher: Bookouture

Release Date: 9th October 2020

Source: NetGalley

Buy: Amazon UK
Fear hits her like a wave crashing against the sheer cliffs nearby. She sees the woman’s feet first, then the legs bent like broken driftwood. Then, the blouse strewn open; the marks on her beautiful neck. Her knees buckle as a hand grabs her elbow to break her fall.

Forced home to Fog Harbor, California, to look after her little sister, Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell is struggling to adjust to life in a town so small she can hardly breathe. Until, at church one morning, the sound of a scream leads her to the body of a missing local teacher in the shallows nearby. All the evidence points to Olivia’s most threatening patient, Drake, who is safely locked up behind bars…

Convinced of Drake’s innocence—and desperate to believe in the system that’s keeping her own murderer father behind bars—Olivia gets to work on her own suspect list. All her life she’s run towards trouble, but this time she’s treading on the toes of brooding and handsome Detective Will Decker.

Then a second woman’s body is discovered, strangled while out on an evening jog. The strip of blue material used to choke her implicates Drake once again, forcing Olivia and Will to admit they are out of their depth and must work together to crack the case.

The deeper they dig, the deadlier the trail becomes. It’s clear more innocent women will die if they don’t get one step ahead. But then a note written on a scrap of paper found in the last victim’s car leads them to a terrifying realization: the killer has his sights on Olivia’s little sister as the next victim…

Small town coastal setting, check.

Lots of spooky fog, check.

High security penitentiary full of murderers and general bad sorts, check.

Serial killer doing the rounds, check.

Characters with complicated back stories, check and check.

Fantastic read, big check.

Now that I’ve ticked of my list of things I enjoy in a good murder mystery lets look at why I enjoyed Watch Her Vanish.  The small coastal town of Fog Harbor, California is home to sisters Olivia and Emily Rockwell, Olivia has returned to the town from San Francisco and has found her self a good position as chief criminal psychologist at the local prison.  Her life is thrown in to disarray when the body of a colleague turns up and the MO and evidence points straight to one of her patients, one who is safely locked up behind bars, Drake Devere.

Devere aka The Vulture is in prison for multiple counts of murder and the man who put him behind bars is the newest detective at FHPD.  Will Decker has left his big city life behind, leaving behind a troubled past he joins up with his seasoned partner JB.  JB is an old school cop and the two have a slightly rocky start to their blossoming partnership.  They are tasked with solving the case but before they get answers another body turns up and they worry they may have a serial killer on their hands.

This is book one in the Rockwell and Decker series, the story is really good but I was worried there was going to be some unneeded bedroom action with Rockwell and Decker as its very obvious they are attracted to one another, I’ve read books before when it happens and quite frankly I’d rather hear more about the crime, thankfully it is just a sprinkling of chemistry.  They do both have complicated pasts but I would imagine a lot of people in these types of jobs have seen some things they’d rather forget.

The one thing I was a bit put out by was the fact a serial killer was on the loose and the local women were still driving about, leaving their houses in the middle of the night like it was a normal day, maybe its just me but I would be behind a locked door with a bread knife just in case!

I’m looking forward to reading book two, I enjoyed my visit to Fog Harbor!

Thanks to Net Galley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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8 comments

  1. I love small town stories, and i also love that this isn't too romance heavy. I'm with you, give me more murder mystery!

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    1. The romance is just hinted at, if it has happened it would have spoiled the book.

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  2. This checks a lot of boxes for me with things I enjoy in a mystery! I'll definitely have to pick this one up.

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  3. Sounds good to me and it is in my home state!

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    1. The setting is very spooky, I kept thinking of that film, The Fog!

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