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The Secret Friend by Chris Mooney
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The Secret Friend (2008)

by Chris Mooney

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When Judith Chen is found floating in Boston's Harbour, links are made with the murder of Emma Hale, a student who vanished without trace, only for her body to wash up months later. CSI Darby McCormick is assigned to the case and uncovers a piece of overlooked evidence from the Hale investigation - which brings her into contact with Malcolm Fletcher, a former FBI agent now on the Most Wanted list after a string of bloody murders. And when a third student goes missing, Darby is led into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with deadly links to the past - and a man who speaks to the Blessed Virgin. A man who wants to be a secret friend to the girls he abducts.… (more)
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4 Stars

An entertaining follow up to The Missing but not as thrilling or suspenseful.

There are numerous sub-plots that ultimately merge into a cohesive whole but the pacing is slow. The serial killer story is well-developed and the forensic details are interesting as is the introduction of a vigilante FBI agent. Nevertheless, it lacks that elusive something that makes it unputdownable.

Darby is an intelligent and resourceful heroine and the secondary cast are diverse and compelling. Look forward to reading the next one. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Was surprisingly disappointed by this! I love Mooney's novels, and this one started out as exciting and gripping as all the rest, but completely trailed off at the end, with the concluding pages being a complete anticlimax.

Very very disappointed, the weakest of the Darby McCormick novels. ( )
  kezumi | Sep 9, 2011 |
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Wenn du einmal ein Kind den Himmel vergeblich um Hilfe anrufen gehört hast, ist nichts mehr wie zuvor. Selbst Gott ändert sich. - William Brodrick, Die sechste Klage
Gott ist gut, aber wird er hören? - U2, Staring at the Sun
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For Pam Bernstein, mentor and friend. You're one in a million.
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Darby McCormick had finished hanging the last of the bloody clothing inside the drying chamber when she heard her name called over the loudspeakers.
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