Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Look For Her by Emily Winslow

Oh, the week is halfway over! And today I'm a stop on the TLC blog tour for Emily Winslow's Look For Her.

Annalise Wood disappeared in 1976. Almost twenty years later, her body was found but her case was never solved. 

Fresh off leave thanks to PTSD and treatment, Morris Keene has returned to his job as a police officer in a somewhat different capacity. Partially retired thanks to injury, he's been drafted as part of a new cold case team and Annalise's case is to be his first. Back in 1992, when the body was discovered, DNA was found on an item of clothing found with the body. The DNA was tested and put into the database but no match was found. Until now. 

With former partner and new mom Chloe Frohmann by his side, Keene aims to finally lay the Wood case to rest. But that may be more complicated than it first appears.

Emily Winslow is another author that I was turned onto by a favorite author - though at this stage I can't remember the circumstances. I do know it was back when the second installment in the series, The Start of Everything, was released (Look For Her is actually the fourth entry in Winslow's Keene and Frohmann series). And since The Start of Everything was on my wishlist thanks to the recommendation, now seemed like a good time to read it as well. Which turned out to be a good decision considering all of the books in the series apparently take place over less than a year.

When I met Chloe and Morris in The Start of Everything, Morris was just returning to work after being injured on a case. He was still struggling with losing the use of the fingers on his right hand. And Chloe had just discovered she was pregnant.

When we begin Look For Her, Morris has been on leave after seeking treatment for PTSD, something he was just seeing signs of as The Start of Everything wound down and he's visiting Chloe and her newborn. There is a bit of bad blood between the two of them thanks to events that took place in the book in between, but Morris is finally ready to set that aside a bit and offers to take Chloe with him to interview the suspect in his new case. Of course, having been cooped up with no work to focus on, Chloe jumps at the opportunity (after her husband's suggestion)!

Morris is definitely my preferred character of the two, though the two irritate and grate at one another throughout. Morris's investigative style is a bit more intuitive, though, and Chloe comes across as quick to judge. In other words, they're a bit like a bickering couple and by the end of the book you feel like you know them both quite well!

I always find it funny when I end up reading books with unexpected connections. In this case, Emily Winslow used to create logic puzzles for Games magazine, a trait she shares with one of the main characters in Best Friends Forever.

Her experience with logic puzzles has served her well in plotting out suspense. This is the second book I've read in this series (back to back I might add) and her twisty turny plots are fabulous! I enjoyed working out the puzzle myself as Morris and Chloe investigate and even when I did figure it out first, still quite enjoyed seeing them work their way through the clues to the same conclusion.

I definitely recommend these if you're looking for a great new series to dive into. Each installment is fairly short and the suspense is such that they make for great one sitting reads!

As mentioned, there are currently four books in the series. They can actually be read as standalones very easily - you might have some spoilers for previous entries, but you can definitely dive in at any point. Here's the full title list if do you want to start from the beginning:

The Whole World
The Start of Everything
The Red House
Look For Her

In addition to the series, Winslow is also the author of Jane Doe January, a memoir. All of the titles are available thanks to the good folks at Harper Collins.

To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.

For more on Emily Winslow and her work you can visit her website here. You can also like her on Facebook.

Purchase Links: HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Kay said...

I think I actually own a couple of the books in this series, but haven't read them yet. Will try to start this series this spring at some point. Sounds like one I'd like very much.

Dianna said...

I haven't heard of this series before, but I really like this type of book. Will have to give it a try.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I like that these are short enough that I could read them in one sitting - that is REALLY appealing!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.