Publishers Weekly Review
In Eastman's uninspired, occasionally cloying sequel to 2017's Unnatural Causes, Katie LeClair, who works in a family medical clinic in Baxter, Mich., is upset to learn that Taylor Knox, a premed college student she once mentored, has vanished. For a sociology research project into an "old criminal case that got a lot of media attention," Knox chose to study the decade-plus-old murder of Heather Stone, a University of Michigan undergrad who died after being pushed into a pile of building materials. The man who was found standing over Stone's corpse and later convicted for the killing, Eugene Lowe, was recently released from prison and was later treated by LeClair twice for injuries he claimed were accidental. Coincidentally, the professor who gave Knox the research assignment is dating LeClair's best friend, and her own significant other, hunky colleague Matt Gregor, was involved with Stone at the time of the young woman's death. Underdeveloped characters and predictable plot developments make for a routine mystery. Agent: Sharon Bowers, Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management. (Dec.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.