The Secret Friend – Book Review #23

The secret friend is the second book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney.

The Secret Friend

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Two dead girls in the river

Two tiny statues of the Virgin Mary concealed in their clothing

One CSI on the hunt for their killer

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

My Thoughts

I’m really enjoying reading about Darby. I have 2 more books in the series and I’ve just added the last three to my Amazon wishlist.
I don’t know what it is I like so much about her. Maybe it’s because we first meet her while she’s at school and we went through the trauma with her when a serial killer broke into her home, killed one friend and kidnapped another. Knowing she’s suffered like that makes it easy to see why she does the job she does and why she gets so emotional doing it.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Dead Room.

The secret friend by Chris Mooney

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World 20th June 2018 at 2:35 pm

    This sounds really good! Your feelings on Darby remind me a bit of my feelings about Erika Foster from the Robert Bryndza books – she’s just a great character, which makes the books addictive.

  2. mumjd 19th June 2018 at 10:25 am

    This sounds good. From what you say, sounds like Darby might have similarities to Detective Madison Knight in Carolyn Arnold’s series #readwithme

  3. Catherine @ Story Snug 18th June 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I love Tess Gerritsen’s novels so this must be good if she’s endorsed it :o)


  4. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 18th June 2018 at 9:44 am

    This sounds like a series I could really sink my teeth into! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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