While attending a gala at Prescott University’s lavish new campus, Hester Thursby and fellow guest, Detective Angela White, are called to the home of the college’s owners, Tucker, and Jennifer Matson. Jennifer claims that someone broke into Pinebank, their secluded mansion on the banks of Jamaica Pond. The more Hester and Angela investigate, the less they believe Jennifer’s story, leaving Hester to wonder why she would lie.
When Hester is asked by the college’s general manager to locate some missing alumni, she employs her research skills on the family and their for-profit university. Between financial transgressions, a long-ago tragedy, and rumors of infidelity, it’s clear that the Matson’s aren’t immune to scandal or mishap. But when one of the missing students turns up dead, the mystery takes on new urgency.
Hester is edging closer to the truth, but as a decades-old secret collides with new lies, a killer grows more determined to keep the past buried with the dead. . . .
Edwin is the Edgar- and Agatha-award nominated author of Little Comfort, The Missing Ones, and Watch Her.
He was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and spent most of his childhood obsessing over The Famous Five, Agatha Christie, and somehow finding a way into C.S. Lewis’s wardrobe. His parents were fond of taking his sister and him on month-long family camping trips across the U.S. and Canada, and one of his best memories is of finishing a copy of The Seven Dials Mystery while the rest of the family visited Mount Rushmore. Growing up when VHS tapes were new meant that watching Alien, Jaws, The Shining, or Halloween whenever he wanted seeming luxurious, and still does today. Like Hester Thursby, he watched these movies – and others like them – a lot.
After attending Wesleyan University and graduating with a B.A. in American Studies, he headed west to San Francisco for the dot-com boom. Later, he returned to Boston, earned an MFA from Emerson College, and switched gears to work in educational publishing. He served as the vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin’s, a division of Macmillan Learning for many years before turning to writing full time.
He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts with his partner Michael and his favorite reviewer, their lab Edith Ann, who likes his first drafts enough to eat them.
A lot of people helped him create this series, and he is a big believer in paying forward. Don’t be a stranger.
Watch Her by Edwin Hill was a bit of a slow read for me in the first quarter of the way into it. However, it did pick up after that. Nonetheless, I believe that if I would have read the first two books in this series, I could have followed it much better. The characters were very likable; I enjoyed how Hill painted a vivid picture of the setting of the book. I would recommend that you read the first two books so that you will become familiar with the characters. Hester was my favorite out of all of them; she is a bit quirky but a strong female lead, which I very much enjoyed.I would like to thank the publicist and Edwin for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.