*Disclaimer – I received a copy of this eBook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Description from the publisher :
A tragic missing person case spirals into an unrelenting murder mystery. Intrigue, deception, and serial homicide erupt in the latest real-life thriller by New York Times bestselling investigative journalist M. William Phelps.
In October 2014, after Chris Regan failed to arrive at his new job, his ex-girlfriend filed a missing-person report. Something was off. It was not like Chris, a devoted father, avid hiker, and all-around great guy, not to show up. When local Michigan police chief Laura Frizzo learned Chris was having an affair with Kelly Cochran, a married co-worker, suspicion fell on her husband, Jason. After a search warrant on their house revealed several suspicious items, the Cochrans abruptly moved to Indiana. As questions swirled around the case, the whereabouts of Chris Regan remained unknown.
Sixteen months later Jason Cochran died from a drug overdose. Friends and family rallied around the grieving and distraught Kelly. But when the coroner ruled Jason’s death a homicide, no one reacted more bizarrely than his widow. For months detectives tried to put Kelly’s past into focus, but the truth was buried under a patchwork of lies, contradictions, and brutally horrific revelations. As Kelly Cochran, a Purdue graduate and psychology major, played “catch me if you can,” a mesmerizing story emerged that rivals today’s bestselling fiction in its drama and fascination. In the hands of veteran investigative journalist M. William Phelps, her staggering saga of murder, revenge, and payback surpasses anything that could go wrong in a season of Fargo.
My review :
Throughout the process of reading this book, I had a hard time convincing myself that it was non-fiction, true crime. Most of what was depicted read straight from the big screen, and that is pretty terrifying. We see how a person can become so wrapped up in their lies that they almost believe them…but they can’t keep them straight.
The graphic story of Kelly and Jason is told through the eyes of the members of different law enforcement agencies. The interviews, follow ups and searches, which all culminate in the trial of Kelly Cochran.
This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat, I could not wait to see how the ending played out. Then I remembered that it was in fact a true story, and hoped that jail time was going to be had – and a lot of it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about crimes. This book is gruesome in it’s detail though, so I offer that up as a warning.