‘Shadows Still Remain’ is a debut crime fiction thriller written by Peter De Jonge, New York Times bestselling coauthor of several books with James Patterson. This 275-page book was published by HarperCollins Publishers in 2009. A missing woman, found brutally murdered, takes NYPD detectives on the trail of an unknown killer.
NYPD Detective Darlene O’Hara assumes control of the case of a young missing NYU student named Francesca Pena, reported missing by a visiting childhood friend. Francesca was last seen in a bar drinking with several of her closest friends from college. Detective O’Hara, along with her partner, Serge Karamanoukian (‘K’) investigate her disappearance.
Approximately one week later, Francesca’s body is found by the East River in a bathroom. Having been severely cut up and mangled, it becomes a high priority murder case that is taken over by the Homicide Unit. As the investigation progresses, O’Hara and K continue to work the case on their own. Their investigation takes them into the city’s more seedier locations.
While the Homicide Unit believes they have their killer, O’Hara and K continue to unravel the details of Pena’s life and the hours before her death. What they find is facts don’t add up. Instead of being a success story and working to help kids, Pena actually came to New York to reinvent herself via a scholarship to NYU.
Even though O’Hara is eventually put on suspension and not allowed to work the case, she finds herself getting in way over her head as she pursues leads to determine what happened to Pena. The more deception she finds, the harder she digs for answers. As evidence begins to mount, O’Hara and K must work harder than ever to find the killer.
The author appropriately titled this novel as many different aspects of the story were left unknown. It could mean answers will be forthcoming in additional novels. If that is the case, this reader greatly anticipates further novels from this author.
The premise of the story is basically similar to many mysteries already out there on the market. With that said, it still contained the elements that offered the reader quite an entertaining story with drama and mystery, with an unforeseeable outcome. It was a book that was extremely hard to put down. For a debut book, Peter De Jonge’s writing surpassed expectations.
This reader was anxious to get beyond the overly descriptive details to the matters at hand. Beyond that, this book is a recommended read for mystery buffs that enjoy the challenge of putting clues together to find the culprit.
For information on this author and his next exciting book, go to the publisher’s web site at: http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/32944/peter_de_jonge/index.aspx. You can purchase or order this book through Barnes & Noble at Northpark Mall on E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, www.barnesandnoble.com, or Borders on 53rd Street, Davenport, www.borders.com.
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