Knox and Sheppard Book 1 & 2 Review

Good afternoon everyone! Mommy Reads here! :) The Girls Across The Bay was one of the first books I got to read when I signed up on NetGalley back in August. After a little research, I found out the author also lives in Ontario, which is kind of cool because I don't know or read much books by Ontarian authors.

This was an edge of your seat, can't put it down thriller for me. The characters were great, the story and the detective work was very interesting. The story progressed and giving us just enough to want to keep reading right until the end. I loved trying to figure out "whodunit" and the sisters had better detective skills than me because I was totally off! I am not a big fan of detective novels but with this one being told in two POV - Medigan the reporter and Grace the detective - I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be reading the second book in the Knox and Shepperd series that was published this year!

Here's a quick synopsis: Madigan and Grace became sisters the day they entered their foster home. After four years of living in a childhood nightmare, one brave act set them free but they were split into different homes. As adult, they are reunited in a small coastal town they dreamed of living when they were kids. When a woman is found dead in her home, Madigan reports on the crime while Grace investigates it. A dark connection is discovered and pulling them closer to the crime and their traumatic past they are desperately trying to forget.

Thank you to NetGalley and Emerald O'Brien for my electronic copy.

My rating: 4.5 stars


After publishing my review on Instagram, the author contacted me and asked if I would be interested in getting the second book in the series, so of course I said yes! I was excited to find out what would happen and I was finally able to read it in November. Here is my review for The Secrets They Keep:

Emerald O'Brien has done it again! A little while ago, I read the first book in the Knox and Sheppard series, The Girls Across The Bay, and the author was kind enough to send me the second book, The Secrets They Keep. I was anxious to find out what would happen next to Grace and Madigan and I was not disappointed!

When a dead body is discovered outside the reception hall at a wedding, Detective Grace Sheppard is called to the scene. As the investigation takes place, she finds herself struggling as her professional relationship becomes muddled with attraction. As for Madigan, she becomes obsessed with a traumatic event from her past, leading her closer to the truth than ever but further away from the one person who loves her the most. Grace and Madigan and both willing to find their suspects at any cost, but will it be too much?

Emerald O'Brien is a masterful storyteller. Her murder-mystery works draws psychological pictures of each of her characters, sharing their past and their present struggles. The author knows how to suck you in from the very beginning and when you think you have it all figured out, the story makes a total 180 with a twist you never saw coming. I cannot wait for book 3 in this series!

My rating: 4.5 stars

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