Homicide detective J. J. Thomas is called to the scene of a homicide; a mutilated body is found buried in the sand on a beach. Just another routine killing is the way his bosses look at it, but Thomas suspects that this case is related to another similar killing, and is sure that there’s a serial killer on the loose.
Meagan McInnis is a hairdresser who lives alone with her dog. She has a bad track record with men, seeming to attract nothing but louses. Then, she begins to get strange phone calls. When she answers, she’s met with silence until a bloody present is left in her backyard, and the caller is no longer silent. Her best friend’s severed head is left for her, and she gets a strange call asking if she likes her ‘present.’
Thomas knows that somehow Meagan is the key to catching the killer, but how is he to do it before she becomes the next victim?
Sandman by Morgan Hannah MacDonald is a chilling thriller that follows Thomas in his desperate mission to nab The Sandman before he leaves even more bodies buried in shallow sandy graves. The tension begins with the first page of this well-crafted story, and doesn’t let up until the explosive ending. This author puts you, the reader, in the middle of the action and takes you on one hell of a scary ride. Don’t even think about reading this book if you don’t have time to finish it in one sitting. Oh, and you might want to make sure that if you’re home alone when you read it, all your doors and windows are locked.
This is a five-star idea, but because of a few weak passages here and there, I’ll be harsh and give it only four stars.