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  • Beautifully written and suspenseful!

    A pink jacket tossed on the fence of an abandoned house leads Detective Casey White to the scene of a recent party…and to the body of a local high school senior. During the preliminary investigation, another body is found on the second floor of the house. This body has been mummified using salt and has been ritually positioned. Who is she? And are these two deaths related? The cases bring Casey back to work after mandated time off for an injury. She’s determined to solve both cases while working with a newly organized team. They quickly narrow down a list of suspects in the first murder but, as always with B.R. Spangler, there are surprises. The second case is more complicated. Casey has to learn a lot about the mummification process and the amount of salt needed. A mysterious note found with the victim may provide a much needed clue. But then the case takes a turn closer to home. The Crying House has two plots lines woven together and moves back and forth between two time periods. It is the fourth in a series yet reads as a standalone thriller. Beautifully written, suspenseful, with well developed recurring characters, it is definitely a 5 star read. Thank yo to NetGalley, Bookouture and B.R. Spangler for this ARC.

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  • Riveting!

    About The Crying House: Strands of blonde hair escape from beneath the sheet and catch the dawn light creeping through the window. Silence falls as the fabric is drawn back to reveal the body of a young girl, her hands folded on her chest, her long lashes resting on her cold, pale cheeks. When Detective Casey White finds the body of a teenager perfectly preserved in salt in an abandoned beach vacation home, her heart shatters. Tina Somners has been missing since she set off to meet her friends for spring break. Her parents will be inconsolable at this tragic end to their search. Determined to find justice for this sweet girl who was looking forward to a summer full of laughter, Casey delves into old case files and gets her first lead: years ago, a man murdered his wife, totally covering her body in salt. But he’s been locked up in prison all this time. Casey is racing to interview him when another perfectly preserved body is found just down the beach from the first crime scene. A cryptic, unfinished note is clutched in the girl’s hand. Are the bodies being kept this way so the killer can pass on a message? Certain that there’s more significance to the salt than just preservation, Casey tracks down a man Tina’s friends say they saw watching them on the beach—and unlocks a terrible secret. But then a final threatening message arrives, addressed to Casey herself. Can she bring this twisted monster to justice before more young lives are destroyed forever? An absolutely unputdownable read that will have you reading late into the night and gasping at the shocking twists. Perfect for fans of Kendra Elliot, Robert Dugoni and Melinda Leigh. My Thoughts: I enjoyed this fourth book, The Crying House, as much as the first three in the series. Casey White is a great detective, being a determined, smart, and compassionate woman, though she carries emotional baggage. The other characters are also well created and developed, especially ex-sheriff, trustworthy and amiable Jericho Flynn. Casey and Jericho's interactions were interesting to read as they set about looking for someone "mummifying" bodies. Set in Outer Banks, North Carolina the plot pacing was frenetic with plenty of action, and there was certainly no room for tedium or boredom. The story was fascinating and I revelled in the problematical investigation. Enthralling to the very end, I shall be watching out for the next in the series and I'm immensely keen to see where the talented B.R. Spangler takes Detective Casey White next. A highly entertaining and absorbing police procedural which I recommend without any hesitation. Disclosure: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Crying House by B.R. Spangler for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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  • Thrilling twist with a shocking ending

    Detective Casey White is truly saddened to have discovered the body of a teen girl during her most recent case. However, as other police are searching the house where the body was found, they discover another body, one that is nearly perfectly preserved. While Casey works hard at solving the current cases, she cannot help but look closely at every female body found or reported missing - as it has been several years since her own daughter has gone missing. Will one of these found be the one to truly break her heart? Beyond that concern that is never far from her mind, Casey discovers a note addressed to her in the hand of one of the bodies that have been found. This note is addressed to Casey herself. However, this brings older cases to mind, but that person of interest is old and frail - and is behind bars. There must be a connection, but what is it? Casey has a bit to prove with these cases. She was recently injured and has just returned from leave. She is pleased to have been assigned the cases, even with the sadnes and danger they evoke. Casey has strong allies. One is Jericho Flynn, a Marine Patrol officer and the love of her life. Another is Dr. Swales, the medical examiner. Both are instrumental in the investigation and prove to be strong anchors for Casey. There is another member to her team and I cannot wait to see how that character arc grows within the series. There is a likely suspect as the investigation progresses. But things are not always as they seem. Casey plows on as best she can to eliminate any possible suspects while hoping for no more bodies to be found. With twists and turns and constant danger, plus the overwhelming sadness regarding Casey's daughter Hannah who was abducted at a very young age, The Crying House is a compelling read, one filled with intensity so vivid that it was literally impossible to put down. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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  • The. Crying House

    Great. I absolutely loved it. Just hated putting it down. Now awaiting your next one. I know it will be just as good.

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  • The Crying House

    Book four in the series, as good read as the others. Would recommend.

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