The Hangman is the third book in the Forgotten Files series by Mary Burton. Each book in this series has featured a different lead male and female character that while investigating a crime have also started up a bit of a romance between them. Because each book features different characters it’s not necessary to have read earlier books to enjoy the series.
In The Hangman Tobias Novak, a homicide detective, is called to investigate the scene of a crime after a fire at an abandoned home. Locked in the basement for twenty five years was a young woman who had been hung from the rafters. Among the victims possessions is a photo of Julia Vargas and her father. Having just begun a relationship with Julia, Tobias immediately gives her a call and has her come to the crime scene.
Julia arrives at the scene and has no memory of who the girl might have been and how she ended up with a photo of Julia. Julia however was already looking into opening up the cold case of a murderer known as The Hangman with whom her father had been investigating shortly before he had taken his own life. Now with new evidence brought to the crimes Julia is more motivated than ever to look into her father’s case and teams up with Tobias to do so.
The Hangman was another great installment in the Forgotten Files series by Mary Burton. Julia and Tobias both had their histories that had them both a bit closed off but also gave them so much in common that it was obvious they belonged together. The case started off a bit slow grabbing my attention but didn’t take long to pick up and really get interesting. As usual there were plenty of twists and turns developing along the way to keep a reader guessing and interested in the story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.