Hidden (Ash Park #4) by Meghan O’Flynn was another dark, gritty, tale that will give me nightmares.
The fourth book in the Ash Park series, and I didn’t think it could get any more, sinnister. Taking place two years after Repressed, an old foe has reservice, or rather, got sloppy and is once again on Petrosky’s and Morrison’s radar. This time the stress, guilt, and addiction is taking its toll on Petrosky, will this be his last case, or simply be his last….?
There is only so much the mind can take, and I will tell you that binge-reading this series has put me on the darker side of humanity. As much as I love this series, I found myself putting this book down, to regroup, look at kittens, before I could continue on. They say real life is stranger than fiction, well then you haven’t read anything from Meghan O’Flynn yet. This book is up there with some of the darkest of Criminal Minds episodes; and frankly, this whole series would make one hell of a TV series, or movie collection.
Meghan O’Flynn again has captured me with superb writing, and the ability to keep the tension, and suspense high with every word that is written. And not just around the killer, but around Petrosky. His mind has always been in a dark place because of his daughters gruesome death, but in this book, he’s on the edge. Every victim is her, every missing girl is her, every little girl/child he can’t save is her. That subplot got me hard in the feels, I know what it’s like to lose a family member to murder, it’s a pain that never heals. Petrosky, as a parent, won’t let himself heal, and that’s driving him to be self-destructive and losing his fight to be apart of the world. This book is a hard raw emotional read, that rips out your heart, stomps on it, only to repeat the process over and over.
Overall I give this book and series my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval. It’s one for the ages, and one that will leave you wondering why cops do what they do, and if you should be locking your family up and throwing away the key.
Review by @eawalsh