Their Final Cry (Detective Harlow Durant Book 3) – ARC Book Review

Title:- Their Final Cry

Author:- Dea Poirier

Date published:- will be published on October 17th 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 273 pages

Genre- Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

As the sheet was pulled away, Harlow started to get a picture of her victim. Looking down at her alabaster skin, flowing blonde hair and striking cheekbones, it was not hard to see why she was known as the sweetheart of this town. But as Harlow’s eyes scanned down to the purple bruising around her neck, it was clear that someone wanted her dead.

When the body of sixteen-year-old Mazie Winters is discovered on the site of an abandoned farm, the small and tight-knit community of New Paltz in upstate New York is rocked to its core and Detective Harlow Durant is called in immediately to investigate.

Harlow’s partner Lucas Park is already working at Ackert Farm on a cold case, identifying human remains found in a cellar. Looking out at the desolate farmland, Harlow can’t help but think that dumping Mazie’s body on the site of an active crime scene is a warning: leave the remains in the past or more innocent lives will be lost.

Searching old farm records and interviewing previous owners, Harlow discovers that no one ever stayed long: the ground appeared to be cursed and owners soon moved on. The only shred of evidence is of teens heading into the vast network of woods to hear the supposed cries of women, presumed to be the ghosts of the past. But were those screams real?

As Harlow pieces together a picture of Mazie: a loving daughter of the local pastor who spent her weekends singing in the church choir, she is called to an abandoned outhouse hidden in the woods. Forcing open the door, she is shocked to find the remains of two women. But the case soon becomes personal as Lucas recognizes the necklace found on one of the bodies.

Could the remains be linked to the tragic disappearance of Lucas’s mother decades before? And when another teenager vanishes, Harlow senses history repeating itself. With a killer at large, Harlow knows that time is running out to catch the killer and bring justice to Lucas’s family. But how far will the killer go to cover up their darkest crime?

This is the third book of Detective Harlow Durant series and I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

A body of a sixteen-year-old girl was found in an abandoned farmhouse and Harlow and her partner Lucas believe that this case is connected to another case, about the bodies found in a cellar in another farmhouse. The case becomes personal when Lucas’ mother and grandmother’s remains were found in the cellar. Harlow then remembers about how her father killed the women back in Washington.

This was a fast-paced thriller. The author did a good job of drawing the reader itno the story, making the reader feel like they are a part of the story. There were twists and turns which is a plus sign for a thriller book. Not only that, I do like how both Harlow and Lucas are dealing with their own personal demons–Harlow is the daughter of a well-known serial killer and Lucas is dealing with the disappearance of his mother. What makes this thriller more special is that there’s always a cliff hanger in the end, which makes the reader want to know what’s going to happen in the next book that makes the reader wait for the next book to come!

Overall, if you like a really a good thriller with a cliff hanger in the end, then this book is one for you–worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Dea Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she found her passion during a creative writing course. She studied computer science and political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. She later spent time living on both coasts and traveling the United States before finally putting down roots in central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp.

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