Review: Bitter Past
Title: Bitter Past
Series: Ellie Matthews #1
Author: Caroline Fardig
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Three years ago, criminalist Ellie Matthews was blindsided when a grisly homicide case suddenly became personal. She abandoned the danger and stress of crime scene investigation for a professorship at a posh private college and never looked back. Now, Ellie’s pleasant world is shattered when she finds the dead body of a female student. The campus is in chaos, reporters are circling like vultures, and Ellie is trying her best to distance herself from the situation. Not an easy task when her closest colleague becomes the prime suspect. After the college community is rocked by another suspicious death, Ellie’s mentor, Sheriff Jayne Walsh, convinces her to consult on the case. Partnered with quick-witted Detective Nick Baxter, Ellie reluctantly bottles up her personal demons and dives back into the world she left behind, racing to make sense of the evidence before the killer strikes again.
This was a great read. The main character brings a lot to the book, with a complicated past, a fierce attitude and enough issues to make things interesting. I also really enjoyed the science aspect of the book. Ellie is a criminalist who delves into the forensics of each case and the author did a great job of explaining the science behind what she is doing without getting overly technical or overdoing it. The plot of the story was easy to follow and had enough suspects to keep things interesting. The killer wasn’t a total shock, but I wasn’t sure until the end. The writing and pacing were well done. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*