#BookReview #DarkHighway Lisa Gray @lisagraywriter@AmazonPub

Source: Review Copy via Netgalley

I’m a huge fan of Lisa Gray’s Jessica Shaw series and it is a pleasure to be reviewing Dark Highway today.

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

An isolated highway in the middle of the desert—the perfect place to hide a secret.

LA-based artist Laurie Simmonds disappeared two months ago, her campervan abandoned on the isolated Twentynine Palms Highway, miles from anything—or anyone. With the police investigation stalled, her parents put all their faith in private investigator Jessica Shaw to find out the truth of what happened.

Jessica and her partner Matt Connor discover that two other women are missing, their disappearances connected to the same highway. When a link emerges between these women and a group of former college friends, Jessica feels certain they’re closing in on their target.

But no sooner do they follow this up than Laurie’s parents get spooked and drop the case. Jessica is blindsided but determined not to give up: three women are missing, and many more may be at risk. She can’t turn her back on them. But the more she pulls at the threads of the truth, the closer she comes to danger. Can she find out who’s behind these crimes before they come for her?

My thoughts

Dark Highway is the third in the Jessica Shaw series from Lisa Gray and it is fair to say that it is a bloody cracker! With a killer hook opening line and a prologue that just reached out and lured me right in, I was hooked from the start!

Lisa Gray writes so effortlessly that you would think this was the 23rd in the series and not the third. She has created a character and put her in a world that feels so real, I open the pages and immediately I am immersed in Jessica Shaw’s world.

Jessica is such a well-rounded and well developed character and that relationship with fellow Private Investigator, Matt Connor is dynamite, I can almost see the sparks flying off the pages! It’s a relationship that would be termed “it’s complicated” if Jessica Shaw had a Facebook page but there is definitely a real connection between them both.

The dialogue just flows so smoothly; it’s hard to believe the author isn’t American, she really has nailed it.  Added to this, the sense of place is breath-taking, close your eyes and you can picture yourself in LA. She paints such a vivid picture, it is incredible!

The plot has all the twists and turns you could ask for from a crime thriller and the story is teased out through the use of the POV of the past victims, which I really enjoyed. As they seek to uncover what happened to missing artist, Laura Simmons, it soon becomes clear the desert highway has a dark history and Jessica Shaw won’t stop until and has uncovered it. Not only was this plot action filled and tense, it also drew out all the emotions as the story unfolded; sadness and anger merged together as I read and she took it right to the wire at that end and boy what an ending!

If you haven’t read any of this author’s books then do yourself a favour and get clicking now! You won’t be disappointed!

Dark Highway is available to purchase via

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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