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The President’s twin daughters disappear from a mysterious country estate known as Blackhall. A Supreme Court law clerk vanishes from her apartment. Why are Washington, DC, women disappearing? Supreme Court Justice Warren Alexander is determined to find out when he discovers a link between the missing women and his son-in-law, a notorious playboy and the owner of Blackhall. But Blackhall is an estate with a secret, and a centuries-old murder must be solved before the women can ever be found.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: In this quick-paced, deftly plotted mystery full of unexpected twists, Supreme Court Justice Warren Alexander is given the task of finding the president’s missing daughters.

Prose: The point of view of each character is distinct and easy to follow while Alexander's first-person narration is consistent and straightforward. In particular, the dialogue during the courtroom scenes feels very realistic.

Originality: The murder plot feels realistic while the uncertainty surrounding Lilly’s murder gives the story another unusual spin. With a completely unexpected ending, the author nicely ties all the loose ends together.

Character development: The characters here are fleshed out and act in ways that feel true to their personalities. Alexander stands out as the level-headed justice and his daughter Reed shines as a flighty, but independent soul. 

Date Submitted: June 26, 2018

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