The Sound of RainThe Sound of Rain by Gregg Olsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Former homicide detective Nicole Foster has hit rock bottom. Driven off the force by her treacherous partner and lover, she’s flat broke and struggling with a gambling addiction. All Nicole has left is the dream of a warm bed at a homeless shelter and the haunting memories of three-year-old Kelsey Chase—whose murder case ended her career.
As Nicole obsesses over the old facts, she realizes everything about that case felt off: a disinterested mom, a suicidal pedophile, and too many questions left unanswered. When the little girl’s grieving father begs Nicole for help, she’s drawn back into the investigation…and given one shot at redemption.
But the deeper Nicole digs, the more evil she uncovers, including betrayals that hit painfully close to home. Will a shocking discovery be the key to finally getting justice for Kelsey and resurrecting her own life?
This was a fascinating look into gambling addiction and also into human nature. All the characters have flaws, some greater than others and to be honest it was a wonder how Nicole survived her boyfriend and her sister. As a result this book became more about the characters and less about the mystery and ended up being a cross between a psychological thriller and a crime thriller. That said, it was entertaining and an enjoyable read.

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