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About Rita Herron
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.
With over ninety books to her credit, she’s penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and YA novels, but she especially likes writing dark romantic suspense and crime fiction set in small southern towns.
For more on. Rita and her titles, visit her at www.ritaherron.com. You can also find her on Facebook/ritaherron.com and Twitter @ritaherron.
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Detective Ellie Reeves should be enjoying the wedding of her dear friend Mia Norman. But instead of celebrating, she is frantically searching for the missing bride. Something is terribly wrong—just hours ago, Mia was blissfully happy. Why would she suddenly vanish?
Bursting through the dressing room, Ellie finds it in disarray—chairs overturned, a perfume bottle shattered. Hiding in the bathroom is Mia’s six-year-old daughter Pixie, curled in a ball and sobbing her heart out. The little girl says she was locked inside when she heard a man’s voice, and her mother crying. “I just want my mommy back,” she pleads. Ellie vows to make that happen.
Turning the venue upside down, Ellie’s blood turns to ice when she reaches the riverbank. Someone is dead in the rippling water, floating beside a white veil. Ellie holds her breath as she turns the body over. It belongs to Tori, Mia’s bridesmaid, a gunshot wound in her back. Near the murder scene, Ellie discovers a button from a man’s shirt, and her friend’s engagement ring. The race is on to find Mia—before it’s too late.
When forensics come back, the investigation takes a dark turn. DNA proves that Mia was actually Jesse Habersham, a woman who went missing five years ago. Ellie is certain that Mia was running from someone. Did her past finally catch up with her?
Facing the most complex case of her career, Ellie is in a race against time. Can she uncover the truth before her friend is brutally killed? And when the murderer comes after innocent little Pixie, will Ellie save her from the clutches of death?
This pulse-pounding and utterly addictive crime thriller will have you staying up way past your bedtime, and scared to turn the lights off! Perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Lisa Regan and Kendra Elliot.
See what readers are saying about The Girl in the River:
“I read it in one sitting and it kept me on the edge of my seat with my heart pounding. Twisty, fast paced and atmospheric. Hooked me immediately… I didn’t want it to end… I have one thing to say: if Rita Herron ever stops writing this series, I’m going to be so pissed! I’ve read this series since book one; I love Detective Ellie Reeves and this is one of those series that I actually truly do love… A bombshell. A phenomenal crime thriller. A super-tense ride from the very beginning… Start this series today! You will not regret it!” @rubie_reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A real rollercoaster of a read; it had me sat on the edge of my seat and constantly holding my breath. A real nail-biting crime thriller which gave me chills. Packed to the rafters with tension and suspense. Heartbreaking and gripping in equal measures. Another fantastic-five star read from one of my favorite and very talented authors. Can I have the next book now PLEASE? Loved it!!!!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“So, what was originally on my schedule for today? Who cares, I was in a reading zone;
In the small town of Crooked Creek, where the Appalachian Mountains climb into the clouds, nineteen-year-old Mandy’s Spring Break takes a sinister turn. Detective Ellie Reeves races straight to the scene, driving through the winding roads to the abandoned orphanage.
Ellie saves the teenage girl but discovers human remains that have been there for thirty years, ever since the home for children closed down. Her heart shatters at the thought that they might belong to the helpless orphans.
Working day and night on the case, Ellie searches for the orphanage’s files, but they have been stolen—somebody is clearly trying to cover their tracks. As she interviews the residents of the mountain community, Ellie finds out that almost everyone connected to the children’s home has disappeared.
Then a woman is found dead, her body marked with a strange symbol. When Ellie learns that the victim used to work at the orphanage, it’s clear that a twisted killer is trying to stop the truth coming out.
Ellie vows to solve this case that spans decades and, when her research into the meaning of the symbol leads her to a local business at the heart of recent controversy, she’s on the right track. Can she bring the secrets to light before another innocent person is murdered? And when she gets too close to uncovering the truth, will she survive?
A totally gripping and pulse-pounding crime-thriller that will have you holding your breath as you race through the pages! Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.
See what readers are saying about Hidden Bones:
“I am doing the happy dance!!!… Fast-paced, heartbreaking, gripping and so intense… Hooked from the first to the last page… A storyline that blew me away. In my opinion this is the best in the series so far, and a definite MUST-READ. Loved, loved it!!!!” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Brilliant… The frenetic pace and horror of this book does not stop… Boy does it keep you reading, even late into the night… This book will keep me awake for weeks, couldn’t put it down, that’s how good this book is. Can’t wait for the next book in this brilliant series… Oh my goodness me, couldn’t put this book down at all.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Wow. This was a thrilling story. I had to finish it in one day. I couldn’t put it down. So many twists and turns. I would recommend this to anyone!” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I was completely hooked… This is a fast-paced thriller… I was literally hooked into the story.
Lara is baking cupcakes when her six-year-old daughter Ava runs to catch the school bus just one block away. Chasing after her, Lara sees the bus tumbling past, and waves. But Ava never turns up at school.
Detective Ellie Reeves is in a race against time to find her––in missing child cases, every second counts. Searching the small town of Crooked Creek, she finds the girl’s bunny in the local park, the toy Ava carried around everywhere. Did Ava ever get on the bus?
While Ellie works around the clock, a local reporter gets a message: There are other missing girls out there. Digging into previous cases, Ellie discovers that another girl went missing on the same day the previous year. How many more could there be?
Ellie is certain that the date means something––and that the person who sent the message is the key. But the community is up in arms, everyone worried that their daughter will be next, and blaming Ellie. The pressure is mounting, and time is running out to bring little Ava home. Can Ellie solve the toughest case of her career––and save Ava––before it’s too late?
An utterly addictive and twist-packed thriller guaranteed to get your heart racing! Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.
Readers absolutely love Stolen Angels:
“WoW! WoW! WoW! What an absolutely mind-spinning, gripping story this was!… I like a book to keep me gripped from the beginning and this book certainly does that. I had a really hard time putting my e-reader down to do my adult responsibilities.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Omg omg omg… Man oh man, this book gripped me… This is edge-of-your-seat stuff… You won’t get anything else done throughout the day as you can’t put this book down… Amazing.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Wow! An explosive page-turner filled with dark secrets and heartbreak! A mesmerizing story filled with unforgettable characters! I highly recommend this book!” @CJthompsonjr, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I was literally hooked… So many twists and turns… I stayed up all night reading!… This book is unputdownable, giving you a rollercoaster ride with twists and turns you never would expect!” Tropical Girl Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I could not put this book down and finally turned the last page in the wee hours. Gripping, emotional and heartbreaking all in equal measures. Another fantastic five-star read from one of my favourite authors and one of my favourite series.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I was literally on the edge of my seat flying through the pages.
The girl was beautiful, even in death. Her skin was translucent beneath the sliver of moonlight peeking through the bare branches of the surrounding pines, and her chestnut hair had tumbled around her pale shoulders. Around her, smoke twisted in the air, curling into the inky sky.
The remote town of Crooked Creek has barely recovered from its most recent tragedy when wildfires tear through the mountains. Detective Ellie Reeves is grappling with her own heartbreak––she has just discovered she was adopted and that her childhood was a lie.
Under the scorching summer sun, Ellie is called to a river where a body has been found. She spots a lone woman’s shoe caught in a nearby tangle of vines, and a pearl necklace scattered by the water’s edge. The remains are surrounded by a circle of stones, which Ellie is certain means something. Was the victim––whoever she was––caught in the fire or is something more sinister at play?
The Fourth of July usually means festivals and fireworks, but when another body turns up the town is left in tatters. A young girl with dark hair lies dead, surrounded by stones, smoke drifting in the air. Thanks to an engraved silver necklace, Ellie identifies the body as eighteen-year-old Katie Lee Curtis, and the diary she finds hidden under the teenager’s mattress could get her close to the killer.
With two victims in less than twenty-four hours, it’s clear Ellie’s up against a serial killer, and she vows that no more innocent girls will be sacrificed. For her, every day is a battle to come to terms with her past, but when this case becomes personal, will she win?
A totally gripping and utterly addictive page-turner that will have you racing through and reeling at the twists. Perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Lisa Regan and Kendra Elliot, it’s best read with the lights on!
Readers love The Burning Girls:
“Wow, this one was non-stop action right from the very start… Had me hooked, so much so that every time I wanted to put it down I couldn’t. You have to pick this up and read it.” Spooky's Maze of Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Such a roller coaster ride! From the beginning of the first chapter to the end of the book, I was literally hooked… In fact, I stayed up all night… An unputownable thriller!!!… Guaranteed you will stay up all night to finish this book!!!” Tropical Girl Reads Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I loved, loved this book… Oh my, I just love this series… Always leaves me on the edge of my seat. If you have read the books in this series, you will know what I mean. If you don’t, well, you are really missing out on something terribly good in my opinion… 5 big stars.
As a snowstorm wreaks havoc in the mountain town of Crooked Creek, a woman is found buried in ice. Detective Ellie Reeves is first on the scene. Examining the body, she finds frozen blonde hair, pink nail polish and a silver heart necklace engraved with Mine Forever.
Ellie has first-hand experience of the monsters that lurk in the mountains––her childhood is testament to that. She vows to catch this one, but she’s up against the brutal weather, with snow covering footprints and making forensics impossible.
Frantically trawling through missing-person’s reports, Ellie identifies the victim. Nadine Houser disappeared eleven years ago. Where has she been all this time? Why was she only murdered now?
As storm clouds roll in, another girl is reported missing. Ellie retraces the steps of Ginger Weston who was renting a cabin in the mountains. She discovers a gold chain in the snow, spotted with blood. The killer is accelerating, and it’s just a matter of time before more innocent lives are robbed.
With the town blaming Ellie for the missing girl on her watch, and everyone fearing for their safety of their daughters, it’s down to Ellie to solve the toughest case of her career. But when the killer comes after her, will she live to save Crooked Creek from its ruthless monster?
A totally gripping read that will get your pulse pounding as you flip through the pages! Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.
Readers love Frozen Souls:
“OMG fantastic!… Really loved it. Had me up late into the night, past my bed time but I just could not put it down… Very deserving of 5 stars.” Linda Strong Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Awesome… Will keep you flipping pages well after dark!… I LOVE!!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“O.M.G!!!!… I DID NOT WANT TO PUT IT DOWN!!!!!… Absolutely spellbinding…If you love murder mysteries, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!!!” @cjrbbooklover, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I read this book in one sitting and finally turned the last page in the wee hours. Yes, this book is that good!!!!!… Explosive... Gripping and very addictive... I can’t wait to read more!!!!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I was hooked… Filled with twists and turns… I was on the edge of my seat… Good job keeping readers guessing until the end!… Worth five stars!” Tropical Girls Reads Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“OMG… This story really made my stomach jump up and down… It made my skin crawl… This book was b
The darkness closed around her. She tried to clear her vision, but there was no light, no noise, nothing. Only the emptiness, the echoing sound of being alone. Fear pulsed through her. The man had come out of nowhere. Who was he? Blinking away tears of frustration, in the pitch black she felt the floor and walls surrounding her. Cold. Steel. Bars.
Detective Ellie Reeves is hiking in the Appalachian Mountains when she discovers a body. As dusk falls, a gust of wind blows some petals on to Ellie’s path. Following the trail, she finds a golden-haired young woman dead on a bed of daffodils, with a note: Monday’s child is fair of face.
Thanks to her own past, the childhood she tries her hardest to forget, Ellie knows that the wilderness––and its shadows––is the perfect hunting ground for a criminal. She’s certain that the sinister nursery rhyme, written with an old-fashioned typewriter, means something.
It soon becomes clear when another body is found. Under the light of the moon, Ellie spots wildflower petals floating in a river. On the bank lies Tuesday’s child, another young woman who lost her life, far too soon, at the hands of a monster.
Ellie is up against a serial killer who will claim a victim for every day of the week. In the next twenty-four hours there will be another death, and when her own house is broken into, daffodil petals strewn across the floor, it’s clear the ruthless murderer has Ellie in his sights. Can she save more innocent women from his clutches? Or will he get to her first?
An utterly gripping and completely breathless crime thriller for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh. You’ll have trouble falling asleep after this heart-pounding page-turner!
Readers absolutely love Wildflower Graves:
“Unputdownable!!! Exquisitely written! I highly recommend this amazing book!... A brilliantly disturbing thriller with many twists and turns!” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I just flew through the book… This book was so complete in every aspect and I couldn’t ask for more... This book was a mystery topped with another mystery over another mystery and another mystery and then boom! Plot twist. This book will taunt with your braincells in EVERY plot twist. It's not just one but MANY plot twists!… I hadn't read a killer like this before. All in all, I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars! I can’t find a single flaw in this… Pick this book up! You will not regret your time on this one!” Ink Drinker Hana, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“GREAT!… This one kept me guessing the whole time… Did not disappoint… Keeps you hooked with all the twists and turns! Definitely recommend.” Rachel Owl Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“My heart was in my mouth… I felt scared to read some parts but I couldn't tear myself away, it was so, so good!” NetGal
When Penny Matthews, a seven-year-old girl with blonde curls and a gap-toothed smile, goes missing in the Appalachian mountains, Detective Ellie Reeves is called straight to the scene. All that’s left behind is a pink friendship bracelet etched with “Penny”.
Thanks to her own childhood––which keeps her up at night, tossing and turning––Ellie knows all too well that the endless miles of dark forest and winding rivers are the perfect place for a criminal to hide, and a little girl doesn’t stand a chance. Racing against a brutal winter storm on the horizon, she searches desperately for Penny.
But when she discovers the remains of a small body, hidden by fallen leaves and wildflowers, the breath is knocked out of her. The old bones, and the carved wooden doll they’re buried with, have clearly been there for years. Ellie fears she’s up against a serial killer who has been stalking the mountains for decades, preying on children.
When Ellie spots tiny footprints near the unearthed grave, she’s certain they belong to Penny. As she begins to untangle the truth, she realizes the monster they’re looking for is connected to her own dark past. To save the little girl she needs to confront her own demons. Can she face her greatest fear before the twisted killer claims another helpless victim?
A totally gripping and utterly addictive new crime-thriller series for readers who love Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh. Prepare to stay up way past your bedtime––but be warned: you’ll be scared to turn the lights off after you’ve raced through the pages.
Readers absolutely love The Silent Dolls:
“Oh my freaking gawd!! The Silent Dolls was bloody brilliant… Rita Herron sure knew how to raise my hackles and increase the creep factor with each turn of the page… An UNPUTDOWNABLE book which gripped me.” Book Reviews by Shalini, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Wow!… I literally haven't been able to put this book down! This has completely gripped me and been utterly impossible to put down… A superb start to the series, I am gutted I need to wait for the next instalment.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Oh my word!… What a great storyteller Rita Herron is! From the fabulous plot which quite frankly had me on the edge of my seat throughout to the amazing character development, I am overwhelmed by this book! It was so good!… Oh my goodness! The twists! They kept coming! The final two though were shockers!… This book is an astoundingly well-written novel and I hope many readers pick it up based on my review as it is an absolutely exceptional read!” NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Loved this book! Action packed and with
The last place Honey Granger wants to be is Tumbleweed, Texas—the judgmental town that made her childhood a living hell. But when Sheriff Harrison Hawk informs her that her alcoholic father has been murdered, she reluctantly joins his investigation. The sexy sheriff has long suspected Honey’s father in his sister’s disappearance and vows to solve both mysteries. But keeping his professional distance from the vulnerable blonde proves nearly impossible. He’ll guard her 24/7 until her life is out of danger. But how will she feel if Harrison proves her father was a murderer?
Badge of Justice
Traumatized as a child when she witnessed a grisly murder, Marilyn Ellis kept silent for fear she and her mother would become targets of a cold-blooded killer.
But guilt and nightmares have plagued her ever since that stormy night. Her silence allowed a predator to go free, a predator who may have killed others.
A predator who may be on the hunt again.
As a topnotch investigative reporter, she will do anything to find the answers, including using her ruggedly sexy lover, Detective Ryker Brocket, for information.
She and Ryker make a good team in and out of bed. But can she trust him with her darkest secrets?
Detective Ryker Brocket has devoted his life to solving crimes and chasing killers. Sure, feisty reporter Marilyn Ellis inflames his passion, but he has no time for love.
Then Marilyn becomes the main suspect in one of his high-profile murder cases, and their professional and personal lives collide.
Clues lead them back to the cold case he’s working and the disappearance of the Darling sisters. And even though he’s suspicious of her, he feels compelled to keep her safe.
Then Marilyn becomes the killer’s prime target, and Ryker will risk his life—and his heart—to protect her.
But can he save her from the crazed killer who wants her dead and win her love?
A RITA Award finalist, Romantic Suspense.
When a violent storm hits Graveyard Falls, it unearths the unimaginable: skeletons of teenage girls, each dressed in white and holding a candle. It’s clear to FBI agent Beth Fields that this is the work of a long-standing killer—but could it be the one she escaped years ago? She has no memory of the man who held her captive and murdered her friend. But even though someone was jailed for the crime, she’s always feared that the real killer is still out there…waiting and watching.
Ian Kimball never believed his stepfather was guilty of Beth’s kidnapping or the slaying of two local girls. Now Graveyard Falls’s sheriff, he’s determined to catch the true perpetrator. And when more young women go missing, he realizes he needs Beth’s help. She is nothing like Ian expected, and everything he desires. But if they have any hope of finally ending the killer’s reign of terror, Beth and Ian will need to put everything aside, including their past, their mistrust, and their growing attraction…
Josie DuKane is on shaky ground. Having narrowly escaped the notorious Bride Killer, she penned a tell-all memoir that dug up a town’s dark past. Now the book is being made into a movie, and Josie must visit the very place that will trigger an avalanche of unwanted memories—Graveyard Falls. On the heels of her arrival, she receives a gruesome photograph of a dead woman with talon marks carved into her face. And worse, Josie just might be the next victim.
Torn between guilt, justice, and revenge, Special Agent Dane Hamrick will do anything to find the man who brutally murdered his sister. When he realizes the recent tragedies in Graveyard Falls bear an uncanny resemblance to her death, he volunteers to spearhead the investigation. But doing so means teaming up with Josie.
Nothing prepares him for the feelings the beautiful, tough woman evokes. As the body count rises and the suspect pool widens, Josie and Dane must put aside their growing attraction to run down the killer who devastated both their lives.
A killer who seems determined to destroy all the pretty faces…
The predators become prey in a breathless novel of revenge from a USA Today bestselling author.
Still haunted by his wife’s murder—and stained by the blood of avenging it—FBI special agent Hatcher McGee can’t believe he’s being teamed up with rookie agent Korine Davenport. She is his most guilty secret—the one-night stand who almost cost him everything.
Korine has her own demons. As a child, she witnessed her father’s murder, and she’s spent her life waiting for the killer’s return. She and Hatcher are both looking for closure, but the disturbing case that draws them together could be their last.
When the mutilated body of a corrupt Savannah judge surfaces, Hatcher and Korine find themselves on the trail of a vigilante who is showing no mercy. Not for the predators who’ve gone free. And not for anyone who gets in the way.
As the body count rises, and as Hatcher’s and Korine’s own pasts unfold, they must risk their lives tracking a killer they’ve come to understand all too well. After all, the ends justify the means.