My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Can’t Go Back brings the dynamic duo of Devlin and Falco into another investigation which has them in turmoil right from word go. A mother and daughter have died in a fire that doesn’t look accidental. The victim is the daughter of an ex-police chief, and no matter how many murders are encountered daily but enquiring into the murder of a young child never gets easier. The raging fire was not accidental, an accelerant is detected on site immediately but the father, an ex undercover cop is rumored to dealing drugs, and the patchy relationship of the couple is called to question. It is however the two grandmothers in the story that was brilliantly portrayed, as once again, the powerful force of motherhood comes into play.
Devlin and Falco have grown in their partnership both officially and personally and their friendship and love were easy to delve into. Falco’s past comes roaring into the investigation and I loved how twisted the author winds the story without much heart-pounding action. It was heartening to see how loyal Devlin is towards her partner and supports him as the undercover activities unearth a part of his life which Falco would love to keep buried. There are personal tensions in Falco’s life too that ramps up the pressure and the ending with the reveal came as a big surprise.
This is book # 3 in Devlin and Falco series and can be read as a stand-alone but to understand the character sketch and the growth of their mutual respect, it is best advised to read them in order which reminds me to pick up the book #1 ASAP.
Can’t Go Back is an exciting page-turner with the puzzle pieces forming the big picture only at the climax.
Many thanks to Net Galley, Thomas & Mercer, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
The past and the present collide in the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Debra Webb’s Devlin & Falco series, threatening everything these two detectives care about.
Birmingham detectives Kerri Devlin and Luke Falco arrive at the scene of a double homicide to discover that nothing makes sense. A woman and her child are dead, and though the husband says he killed them, the evidence says otherwise. Why would a man confess to unspeakable murders he didn’t commit?
What starts as an open-and-shut case explodes into a web of new leads. Devlin and Falco get to work tracking down every single one—including a disturbing connection between the murders and Falco’s dark past.
Falco knows the incident from eight years ago will jeopardize the partnership he’s built with Devlin, both on and off the job. If he could go back, he would—but what happened happened, and there’s a murderer on the loose. Devlin and Falco must slog through the pain to get to the truth; and so far the only truth they know is that everyone is lying.
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