Deputy Mattie Cobb is working through issues from her past and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to focus on herself, when she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student. Until they find the girl on Smoker's Hill behind the high school, dead. But that's only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing--and this time it's Sophie Walker. Hard as they search, Cole, Mattie, and Robo can't find her anywhere. Mattie's primary suspect, a strange man who lives near the wilderness area, calls to report he hears deer "screaming" in the woods. Suspecting the man might have lost touch with reality and be referring to something he's done to Sophie, Mattie takes Robo into the dense pine forest, hoping to pick up a trace of her scent. But when Robo does catch Sophie's trail, it leads them to another clue that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case. Now Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down Sophie's kidnapper before they're too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima's exhilarating mystery series. (Summary via Goodreads)
Total adrenaline rush !!
Once you start reading Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima you will NOT be able to put the book down. Mizushima's way of telling a story is so energetic and captivating, it will keep you on the edge of your seat !! Her writing keeps you guessing until the very end....she makes you believe or think you know where the story is going and who is going to be the bad guy but then she throws some twists and turns that are completely unexpected.
Although this is the third book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series and the first one that I have read, I was not lost or lacking information at all.
A young girl is found murdered and Deputy Mattie Cobb and her dog Robo are called in to follow scents and try to find the murderer. While they are following evidence and interviewing suspects, another young girl goes missing...and this one is personally close to Mattie. As she tries to stay professional and keep her emotions in check, things from the case stir up some family memories that she would like to forget.
I have never read a book with a dog playing such a huge role in the story before. It was amazing to read how smart dogs really are and what they are capable of doing if trained in the field. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more in this series!!
Review by Missi S.