Review: Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg

Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg

Synopsis and Details:

A detective’s brutal first case could make or break her career in an exhilarating thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg.

A video of Deputy Eve Ronin’s off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral, turning her into a popular hero at a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is plagued by scandal. The sheriff, desperate for more positive press, makes Eve the youngest female homicide detective in the department’s history.

Now Eve, with a lot to learn and resented by her colleagues, has to justify her new badge. Her chance comes when she and her burned-out, soon-to-retire partner are called to the blood-splattered home of a missing single mother and her two kids. The horrific carnage screams multiple murder—but there are no corpses.

Eve has to rely on her instincts and tenacity to find the bodies and capture the vicious killer, all while battling her own insecurities and mounting pressure from the media, her bosses, and the bereaved family. It’s a deadly ordeal that will either prove her skills…or totally destroy her.

Series: Eve Ronin #1  |  Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Mystery  |  Release Date: January 01, 2020  |  Publisher: Thomas and Mercer  | Pages: 240  |  ISBN: 978-1542093804  |  ASIN: B07JW53H22  |  Format: E-book  |  Source: Purchased

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What grabbed my attention about Lost Hills was that it written by Lee Goldberg. As his books tend to display much in the way of tongue-in-cheek humor, I was pleasantly surprised by the feel of this book. This is not a zany comedy where the characters are a little over the top, Lost Hills is a police procedural that does have some comedic undertones but they are very subtle. Deputy Eve Ronin’s character is a woman who had an opportunity after a brief stint with fame to use her “stardom” to propel her where she wanted to be, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide division, an opportunity that she did not let go to waste.

Eve knew that she would face adversity in her new position and she made no apologies for how she got there. Luckily for her, she was paired with Deputy Duncan Pavone, a man who was quickly approaching his retirement and looking forward to it. Given his “foot out the door” attitude he was pretty easy going about Eve’s place in the department. Mainly, it was that he didn’t care one way or the other. This attitude worked for Eve though once they started investigating the horrific crime that left tons of evidence but no bodies to be found. Eve was able to take point on the investigation which would come with its own struggles and opposition.

Lost Hills was an engrossing read and Eve Ronin was a character that I couldn’t get enough of. She was tough, smart, tenacious, and committed to seeing justice done. She was quick enough to see opportunities that were coming her way and use them to her advantage but realistic enough to know that they came with a price but it was a price she was willing to pay. She was a great lead character and I am very excited to see where she goes in this series. The story itself was written in a way that I just didn’t want to put it down. There were moments that seemed almost comedic but at the same time were very serious. There was subtle humor but the story never veered in to the outlandish. I thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience and I am very pleased to recommend Lost Hills to all readers!!

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