When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.
The sight of a goose feather at a murder scene modeled after a children’s poem is enough to make FBI special agent Fiona Kelly’s blood turn to ice. Almost two decades ago, a feather was left with her sister’s body—and with every subsequent victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Now he’s back. Only this time, his latest gruesome murder is a message to the only one who ever got away: Fiona.
Finding “Rhyme” is an obsession that’s fueled Fiona’s career—and destroyed her marriage to fellow FBI agent Asa Kodiak. Now Fiona and Asa have to put their past tensions aside and work together one last time. But Rhyme is watching, and catching this killer may force Fiona to reveal her biggest, darkest secret…the one only he knows.
Coming June 2022!
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Acclaim for Her Darkest Secret:
“Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch grabbed me in the first scene of this edge-of-your-seat suspense and didn’t let go until the end!” –Patricia Bradley, author of the Memphis Cold Case novels
“Read Her Darkest Secret with all the lights on! This novel from Jessica R. Patch has everything I want in romantic suspense. The hero and heroine clearly belong together but are kept apart by a brutal combination of their own issues and outside forces that seem insurmountable. The supporting characters are well-drawn, crucial to the story, and bring humor and tension in equal measure. And the villain? Well, let’s just say I’m glad I read the entire story in daylight. The suspense increases with every page until it twists into a deadly spiral that had me racing through the final scenes to the satisfying and redemptive conclusion.” —Lynn H. Blackburn, author of the award-winning Dive Team Investigations series
“Her Darkest Secret keeps you on edge until the very end! Patch knows how to masterfully weave a suspenseful tale. This is one book you won’t want to miss.”~ Christy Barritt, USA Today Bestselling Author
“Her Darkest Secret takes the reader on an intense experience with a superbly deviant serial killer. For readers who love all things Criminal Minds and behavioral science, this story will play with your senses and toy with your mind! If you value your manicure, put on some gloves, ‘cause this is a nail biter to the very end!” ~ Jaime Jo Wright, Author of On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor and Christy-Award winning The House on Foster Hill
“Jessica R. Patch’s latest, Her Darkest Secret, is a spellbinding thriller bursting with dynamic walk-off-the page characters, mind-bending plot twists, and a swoon-worthy unforgettable reunion romance. Hold onto the edge of your seats, readers!” ~Elizabeth Goddard, bestselling author of Present Danger.
“Beautifully flawed characters face off against a deadly serial killer with a complex criminal psychology. This gritty thriller is one you won’t want to miss!” ~ USA Today’s and Publishers Weekly bestselling author, Lisa Phillips
“Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch is a taut, psychological thriller with deeply relatable characters. Patch’s brilliantly created plot will keep readers turning pages until they reach the shocking conclusion. I highly recommend it! ~Nancy Mehl Author of the Quantico Files Series
“Gritty and terrifying, Her Darkest Secret pulled me into a pulse-spiking story and I will never be able to look at nursery rhymes the same way again. Ms. Patch masterfully weaves a chilling plot with authentic characters and a villain that won’t let readers sleep until they find out what happens next.” ~Natalie Walters, author and Carol Award Finalist of Living Lies and the Harbored Secrets series.
“Her Darkest Secret is a gripping story of loss and redemption with many twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end.” ~Terri Reed~Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author