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Forsaken Trust

(Luce Hansen Thriller #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Wallace Lake, Ohio, takes care of their own. Unwelcoming of outsiders, the community closes ranks when four women are found murdered along the water’s edge. Agent Luce Hansen of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation must find a way in before another woman loses her life to the ruthless serial killer.

With the help of her new team—a hot rookie and a smart, beautiful medi
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lex Kent
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Luce Hansen series. While this is not as exciting at the first book Crossed, I still really enjoyed it. Doench, can really write. Her style is very appealing and makes for excellent mysteries. There is a few small loose ends that this book wraps up from book 1, but most of the story is contained in this book. Therefore, you could read this without reading Crossed. I'm anal about reading series in order, so I would personally recommend reading Crossed first, plus it ...more
Jane Shambler
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I requested to review this book I honestly did not realise it was the second in a series. But I am pleased to say you do not need to read book one to enjoy this one. I requested it because I am a sucker for a good mystery and never having read this author before I thought I'd give her the chance to impress me. And she did and then some. The author has a wonderful writing style which grabs you at once. The story is told by the main character Luce.

The beginning has you floating down the river
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. At the time of requesting a review copy, I didn’t realize it was the second in a series.

The story is told in first person and from Luce’s point-of-view. The writing style is exquisite, vivid in detail, which includes some pretty dark content, so consider yourselves warned this is not a love story.

When fifteen-year-old Ava finds a body while she’s out rowing, the story takes off running. Not only is there the crime/murder to solve but a teachers e
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Forsaken Trust is the sequel to Doench's excellent debut crime novel Crossed. While it is possible to dive into this book directly and skip the first, you wouldn't want to do that. For two reasons: starting with the second book will of course, totally spoil the first. But more importantly, you don't want to spoil the first book, because it is better. Much better. In almost every aspect--more emotional, more suspenseful, tighter plot. It's not that this book is bad. On the other hand, it's an abs ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the second book in a series featuring Special Agent Luce Hansen. I did not read the first book. It did not impact my ability to thoroughly enjoy this one. At the beginning of this book, Luce has to pull herself back from the brink after the emotional case she just finished and the breakup with her partner Rowan. She is plunged headfirst into another serial killer case. Luce is a trained profiler and quietly, a badass with a really big heart. While this book was not the most harrowing no ...more
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Shelves: lesbian-mystery
It occurs to me—not for the first time—that there are currently no original lesbian mysteries published by traditional publishing housing n the U.S. By “original,” I mean first published by American houses. Anne Holt—very popular in her native Norway—is being republished in the U.S., partly because of her great success in her home country and partly because of the success of other Scandinavian mystery writers like Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson, and Henning Mankell. Gone are the days when you might fin ...more
I'd give this book a solid 2 1/2 stars, if halves were an option. This is the second title of a series, which I did not know when I began reading. I hadn't read the first title, but luckily this story is written in such a way that reading the first book isn't required; just enough detail is included from the first to give the reader a pretty good background on previous events and where the main character's head is. The storyline is dark and sucks the reader in immediately with a serial killer pr ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Forsaken Trust was a breath of fresh air in the mystery/ thriller genre. I just wish I had known it was a sequel before I picked it up. That being said, I probably didn't need to read the first book as Forsaken Trust explained a few things that happened previously and painted a picture for you.

The novel begins with four women's bodies being found on the shore of a lake in a small town. The town is known for it's addictions to opiates so you would think the deaths would be kind of open and shut,
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The most curious thing about this book is that I have no recollection of the first one. I know I read it, I know I liked it. Beyond that, nothing. I was glad the author chose to close some of my memory gaps (I wonder if I'd feel it was too much repetition, if I'd remember anything), but even this information didn't jog my memory.

Maybe because I was trying to remember, I had a hard time finding my way into this or even wanting to pick it up again once I had started. Just the foggy memory
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, lesfic
I really enjoyed the first Luce Hansen book by Meredith Doench and eagerly awaited the next. I wasn't disappointed. There is much to the story here - it is complex, well thought through and demands a fair amount of attention. The new characters are excellent and I particularly liked Harper. If I was so inclined, the descriptions of kayaking would make me want to take to the water immediately. The changes in Luce (no spoilers here) are well handled and sympathetic to her behaviour in the first bo ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great suspenseful mystery/ thriller with a lot of unexpected turns but it is not a romance in any way. There are hardly any scenes that would be considered romantic. It is very well written and the characters are well developed. I have not read the first book in this series (I honestly did not realize until now that it was a series) but it didn't hinder me from understanding any of the plot. There were a few hints of another case, which I assume is the case of the first book but it is ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Special agent Luce Hansen jumps in with both feet. When a serial killer begins dumping bodies in Wallace Lake, Ohio she puts her recent break up behind her to find the killer. The big city things that go on in small towns doesn't surprise her.

Thanks NetGalley for providing a copy for me to review.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great read featuring Detective Luce Hansen in this second instalment. I concur with the other reviews made about this book. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this well written police procedural, detailing the mystery as it unfolds. It has left me guessing right to the end.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
This book was fantastic! Had me on the edge of the seat many times over.
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May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Let me be honest from the start and state that I, personally, didn't like this book.

 I will try to outline why in a constructive and honest way, because the reasons I didn't like this book might very well be the reasons you adore it. 

This book is written in the first person perspective (I saw / I did/ I said…). Books written that way are, for some reason, very difficult for me to read. I find it takes all the enjoyment out of reading. That being said, many people love first-person POV. 

I am not
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a sequel and I didn't read the first book. Luce is a very well written character. She has compassion, strength and vulnerability. And she can be funny as well. The author has a great feel for the character.

This is not really a romance in pure sense of the word, so if you believe there is going to be a big romance between characters you might want to adjust your thinking to a mystery novel. It has overtones of romance, and certainly the recovery from a bad breakup, but not a direct roman
Aj Smith
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Does every creative writing course have a module (or at least a short course) on giving your stellar detective a bizarre hook? Luce Hansen has the fiction standard traumatic past as well as the ability to talk to ghosts, although that primarily features in the first book in the series Crossed. By the time this second novel comes along she's only chatting to her dead dad and talking through cases with him.

Despite this fairly obvious exposition device, the rest of the novel is extremely well writ
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Meredith Doench is the author of the Luce Hansen Thriller series from Bold Strokes Books. Crossed, the first in the series, was published in August of 2015 and placed second in that year’s IndieFab Awards for the mystery genre (Silver Award). The second novel in the series, Forsaken Trust, will be published in May 2017.
Doench’s short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in literary journals such a

Other books in the series

Luce Hansen Thriller (2 books)
  • Crossed (Luce Hansen Thriller, #1)