Reviewed by Joanne Reynolds

Amaryllis, Texas, population 1700, has experienced the murders of six women in the past three years. The murders are being labeled “The Closet Killings”. Each woman has been found in a bedroom closet, killed by one stab wound to her carotid artery, with a paring knife from her own kitchen. The women are of varying ages and races.

Cherrie Mae is the local cleaning woman. She cleans homes all across town, including the mayor’s home. While cleaning the mayor’s manor, she comes across some damning information and does not know what to do with her discovery.

Tully is pregnant and gets some disturbing information about her husband and the latest of the murder victims. Just like Cherrie Mae, she has information that she doesn’t know what to do with.

Deena is the local hairdresser and is disturbed by her brothers’ activities concerning the latest murder. One of her brothers is really not “all there” and is the target of many townfolks taunts and rude comments. When Deena’s brother is arrested, the three women are brought together with their own pieces of the puzzle that the police don’t have.

Trent Williams is a reporter who has been covering the murders and has won a Pulitzer Prize in doing so. He gets in contact with Deena, given the women more information for solving the crimes.

Gone to Ground was a nice read. The chapters were written as if the women themselves were speaking to me, and I loved that I could actually hear them talking, right down to the southern dialect.

The ending was equally satisfying. I was not made to believe in anyone’s guilt until the very end. Gone to Ground was easy to read and enjoy – a little murder mystery to put your crime-solving skills to the test.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Joanne has always been an avid reader and loves the ability to lose herself in someone else’s life for the time that it takes to read about it. She has a huge admiration for authors and the worlds that they create for us. She enjoys reading to her granddaughters and hopes that they take up the love of reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by PR by the Book. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.