by Anne McAneny
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Print Length: 382 pages
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No birth announcement could top the headlines from the day Janie and
Jack Perkins entered the world. As twins born to a mother in a
coma—courtesy of a bullet from their father—the sensational story of
their birth never quite died down. While Jack still craves the flash of a
camera, Janie seeks sanctuary behind the lens—as a crime scene
Thanks to Janie’s line of work, she’s comfortable
around gruesome murders. But when old photos of her mother’s body arrive
in the mail, they open deep-seated wounds and raise chilling new
questions about who was really responsible for that deadly night.
Janie’s father spend decades in jail as an innocent man? Did an
infamous serial killer actually take her mother’s life? With photos in
hand, Janie brings the truth into focus. But when her investigation ends
up invoking the wrath of the long-dormant killer, she must race to
piece together the final evidence—before she becomes the target.
Skewed by Anne McAneny
Twins always seem to stand out when they are born, but Janie and Jack’s claim to fame was the tragedy of their birth, their mother mechanically clinging to life in a coma, their father facing jail for her murder.
Janie’s adult world is seen through the lens of a camera, as a crime scene photographer. Jack has chosen the path to fame and power in the political arena using their shared history as a rallying point to voters’ hearts. At odds about his tactics, Janie and Jack also differ on the release of their father. When she receives two photos from her mother’s death, she begins a twisted and dangerous journey to seeking the truth once and for all. Has the Haiku Killer been resurrected? Is he taunting her emotionally? Janie is determined to uncover every detail about the young woman who gave birth to her. Was her mother a wild child running with a man who took advantage of her or was she a teen in love with a young girl’s idea of living her happily ever after? Did her father love her mother or was she a diversion for him?
As the mystery deepens, the danger and tension rises, could it be that her father was innocent? A slightly deranged man has been keeping tabs on her. Has she gotten too close to the truth of his identity and his crimes? When the final piece falls into place, will she be able to handle the truth? Dysfunctional families often do not change, but can they learn to cope?
Skewed is probably the best description for this dark and edgy mystery. Anne McAneny has done a masterful job of keeping that pins and needles feeling going throughout as each layer removed only begs even more questions in this convoluted tale of pain, death and personal resolution. Ms. McAneny has cast each twist out there and reeled in a gripping and intriguing tale spanning decades with flawed characters and smalltown secrets.
I received this ARC edition from Thomas & Mercer in exchange for my honest review.