Miranda Jack (Jax) has had a rough year following the death of her journalist husband Nick. Needing to get some stability back in her life for both her own sanity and the wellbeing of her daughter Zoe, Jax is moving from Sydney to Newcastle to live with her Aunt Tilda. Yet just as she is about to hit the road north a random, terrifying incident sends her life into a frightening new trajectory.
Jax does eventually make if home safe but she soon realises what happened to her on the freeway is not over by any means. The journalist in her can't ignore the words that were exchanged and the clues that continue to surface as the investigation gathers steam. Is Detective Aiden Hawke the friend he appears to be and is this whole horrible event somehow connected to Nick's death?
As always Jaye Ford keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as the story unfolds. The streets and beaches of Newcastle have never felt so menacing as Jax moves at speed to keep ahead of the malevolent forces in her wake.
Ford also addresses the growing mental health epidemic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As we are discovering human beings cannot be subjected to high level violence and trauma (such as in war situations) without some lasting impact on the psyche. The author ties the PTSD angle into the storyline with skill and compassion.
Already Dead had me right from the first page and kept me on the edge of my seat right until the last word.