Taken Before Dawn by B.R. Spangler

After reviewing The Light House Girls back in the spring, I had found myself a new author to read.  The Detective Casey White series continues with Taken Before Dawn and I requested it because I had just had to know how the series continues.  And the latest installment is another page turner.

About Taken Before Dawn:

The early morning light illuminates the girl’s ivory skin. Little cuts are carved into her cheeks—one under each eye. But her body is still. The perfectly round wound above her heart has stopped it beating forever…

When Detective Casey White is called to a murder scene on an empty stretch of coastal road, her whole team is in a panic. Could the body be their missing colleague Samantha? The promising investigator was last seen two days ago, going home after an evening of dancing with friends. Her family are beside themselves with worry.

Casey’s relief is short-lived when she sees the short dark hair of another woman. Pauline Rydel has been missing for a week. Devastated that anyone would take this innocent life, and terrified Samantha will be next, the tear-shaped cuts on the victim’s face make Casey’s heart stop. She’s seen these marks before…

On one of her very first cases a murderer known as the Midnight Killer stole young women in the darkest hours, kept them alive for seven days, and abandoned their bodies at dawn. Casey was seconds away from catching him when she made a deadly mistake that’s haunted her ever since. After all these years, is he back?

Knowing every second counts, Casey is pouring over forensics when another body is found. This time, markings on the back of the victim’s neck spell out Casey’s name.

With everyone in this small community scared for their daughters’ lives, Casey must face up to the past in her most personal case yet. But even if she sacrifices herself, will it be too late to save one of her own?

My Thoughts:

Wow, just wow.  This book just draws you in from the first few pages with an extra creepy murderer on the loose and one of the major characters missing and assumed abducted. 

I just love how bits of Casey's past are revealed in each book and how this information plays into her newest cases.  But this case?  It's personal in so many ways--from the victim to the killer from her past, and each detail draws you further and further into the story until you just can't put the book down until it's finished.  The twists in this one will definitely keep you guessing, and it leaves a perfect segue into the next book for Casey, Jericho, Tracy, et al.

I am definitely dying to read book 8 in the series now! 

Author Biography:

B.R. Spangler is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Mysteries and Crime Thrillers. 

A resident of Virginia with a wonderful family, including five cats, two birds and a lizard. During the day, the hours are filled with engineering work. Off hours, time is spent writing, editing, and thinking up the next great story. 

With too many stories to write, books are split across pen names, writing crime thrillers, science fiction, horrors, paranormal and contemporary fiction. 

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