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Senior Investigator Shana Merchant has spent years running from her past. But she never imagined a murder case would drive her to the most dangerous place of all--home. After leaving the NYPD following her abduction by serial killer Blake Bram, Shana Merchant hoped for a fresh start in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York. Her former tormentor has other plans. Shana a Senior Investigator Shana Merchant has spent years running from her past. But she never imagined a murder case would drive her to the most dangerous place of all--home. After leaving the NYPD following her abduction by serial killer Blake Bram, Shana Merchant hoped for a fresh start in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York. Her former tormentor has other plans. Shana and Bram share more than just a hometown, and he won't let her forget it. When the decades-old skeleton of Shana's estranged uncle is uncovered, Bram issues a challenge: Return home to Vermont and solve the cold case, or the blood he spills next will be on her hands. As Shana interviews members of her family and the community, mining for secrets that could help her solve her uncle's murder, she begins to realize how little she remembers of her childhood. And when Bram grows impatient and kidnaps again, leaving a trail of clues Shana alone can understand, she knows his new victim will only survive if she wins the psychopath's twisted game. In order to solve one mystery, Shana must wade into her murky past to unravel another.


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Senior Investigator Shana Merchant has spent years running from her past. But she never imagined a murder case would drive her to the most dangerous place of all--home. After leaving the NYPD following her abduction by serial killer Blake Bram, Shana Merchant hoped for a fresh start in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York. Her former tormentor has other plans. Shana a Senior Investigator Shana Merchant has spent years running from her past. But she never imagined a murder case would drive her to the most dangerous place of all--home. After leaving the NYPD following her abduction by serial killer Blake Bram, Shana Merchant hoped for a fresh start in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York. Her former tormentor has other plans. Shana and Bram share more than just a hometown, and he won't let her forget it. When the decades-old skeleton of Shana's estranged uncle is uncovered, Bram issues a challenge: Return home to Vermont and solve the cold case, or the blood he spills next will be on her hands. As Shana interviews members of her family and the community, mining for secrets that could help her solve her uncle's murder, she begins to realize how little she remembers of her childhood. And when Bram grows impatient and kidnaps again, leaving a trail of clues Shana alone can understand, she knows his new victim will only survive if she wins the psychopath's twisted game. In order to solve one mystery, Shana must wade into her murky past to unravel another.

30 review for The Dead Season

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Following the events of Death in the Family, Senior Investigator, Shana Merchant, finds herself on administrative leave. Her PTSD was triggered by the events on the Sinclair family's private island and it caused her to display poor judgement. Now she is left spinning her wheels as her Department urges her to take some time off. Pending a psychological evaluation, Shana may be reinstated to her position. In the meantime however, she is suppose to focus on getting well, not on work. Like many profess Following the events of Death in the Family, Senior Investigator, Shana Merchant, finds herself on administrative leave. Her PTSD was triggered by the events on the Sinclair family's private island and it caused her to display poor judgement. Now she is left spinning her wheels as her Department urges her to take some time off. Pending a psychological evaluation, Shana may be reinstated to her position. In the meantime however, she is suppose to focus on getting well, not on work. Like many professionals, she has a hard time with that. When the remains of her long missing Uncle are found in the woods of her hometown, she heads home to help solve the mystery. At the same time, a young boy, Trey, goes missing on a school field trip in Alexandria Bay. Shana's partner, Tim, is assigned the case. Due to some of the evidence, Shana suspects this kidnapping is connected to Blake Bram, the serial killer continuing to haunt her. What's even more intriguing is that Shana feels like the kidnapping is also connected to the case of her Uncle; like Bram is holding Trey hostage, forcing Shana to solve her hometown cold case. If she can solve it, perhaps Trey will live, but why? I really enjoyed getting to know Shana Merchant, as a character, in the first novel. This second book fills in more of her past and the events that haunt her, which is exactly what I was hoping for. We learn more about Blake Bram and Shana's original connection to him. Wegert won me over in the first novel by utilizing my favorite mystery trope, the locked room mystery. In this second installment, again, she gave me another one of my favorites: when a protagonist returns to their hometown to solve an old mystery. Shana feels like she has forgotten a lot of her childhood. As she interviews friends, relatives and other community members, it begins to jog her memory and what she finds there isn't pretty. I really enjoyed the pacing of this and the reveals. Shana is a great character, as is Tim, her partner. I have no idea how many mysteries this series will ultimately be, but you better believe, I will be reading them all. If you are looking for a new mystery series with a classic mystery feel, you should definitely give the Shana Merchant series a try. Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Books, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I really appreciate it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Happy book birthday! 🌈🥳💕📚Finally this amazing gripping thriller is out! Did you also become addicted to the adventures of Shana Merchant after reading the first, gripping, getting trapped in gothic mansion theme with Agatha Christian vibes novel of the brand new series? If your answer is yes, let’s celebrate to take another mysterious, unputdownable, breathtaking journey! Not only Shana, but her smart, loyal partner Tim and her badass, supportive best friend Mac are back! If you don’t remember t Happy book birthday! 🌈🥳💕📚Finally this amazing gripping thriller is out! Did you also become addicted to the adventures of Shana Merchant after reading the first, gripping, getting trapped in gothic mansion theme with Agatha Christian vibes novel of the brand new series? If your answer is yes, let’s celebrate to take another mysterious, unputdownable, breathtaking journey! Not only Shana, but her smart, loyal partner Tim and her badass, supportive best friend Mac are back! If you don’t remember the cliffhanger of the first book, let me remind you. Shana was suffering from PTSD which made her threatened the life of a victim because she experienced a serious trauma recently: she was abducted by a serial killer named Bram Blake who took three women’s lives, trapped in a basement. And Bram let her go after shooting the police officer who came to rescue her. Shana keeps a big secret which may reveal the real identity of Bram but it also means she has to confess she knows him too well from her past which may put her into a troubled position. They have been raised in the same town, sharing childhood memories but she is determined to keep those informations to herself. She doesn’t say a word to her partner Tim. And in this book, we will take a trip at memory lane of Shana to learn the real identity of Bram who just returned back! Don’t worry we will get all the answers which kept us in the dark before. Shana finds herself to be involved in two different cases. One of them is related with her family which will bring out the secrets had buried for nearly two decades. The officers found human bones In Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge locates at her hometown Vermont and those bones belong to her uncle Brett. In the meantime a kid is kidnapped and the perpetrator may be highly Bram who wants starting a new game with her. And interestingly two cases are connected which may force her to dig more about family secrets, facing her own past traumatic experiences. I have to admit I loved the first book more but this one still kept me on my toes, captivated my attention and I enjoyed to know about more Shana’s past, understanding the motives behind her actions, looking through the events from her perceptions. I’m giving four thrilling, action packed,full of mind games stars! I cannot wait to read the upcoming book and see more mouse and cat chasing game between Bram and Shana. She’s getting closer to catch him. Fingers crossed. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this incredible Arc with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    I was really hoping for another 5 star Shana Merchant read, but for me this one just wasn't as enjoyable as the first. I'll be the first to admit that my rating is completely subjective, and mostly due to personal preference. The writing is once again excellent, but I think I was more drawn to the locked room, Agatha Christie-esque nature of Death in the Family than the family drama presented in book two. The pacing in the first half of the book was on the slow side, but once we were able to bre I was really hoping for another 5 star Shana Merchant read, but for me this one just wasn't as enjoyable as the first. I'll be the first to admit that my rating is completely subjective, and mostly due to personal preference. The writing is once again excellent, but I think I was more drawn to the locked room, Agatha Christie-esque nature of Death in the Family than the family drama presented in book two. The pacing in the first half of the book was on the slow side, but once we were able to break the half way point, things sped up and I found the mysteries at hand to be both engaging and enjoyable. Also, for those who enjoy listening, the narrator was wonderful and really added a level of commitment from me as a reader. While this wasn't my favorite in the series so far, I love what Wegert has done with these characters and I will definitely be in for the third installment. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I know I’m not the most regular series reader (even though I want to be!), but Tessa Wegert’s Shana Merchant series blew me away with the first book. Shana is back with The Dead Season, and I loved it just as much, if not more, than Death in the Family. Also, the first book ended on a cliffhanger, and I needed to know what happened! Shana is a detective who was abducted and later released by a serial killer. As one can imagine, the events were traumatic and left Shana with PTSD. On top of it, the I know I’m not the most regular series reader (even though I want to be!), but Tessa Wegert’s Shana Merchant series blew me away with the first book. Shana is back with The Dead Season, and I loved it just as much, if not more, than Death in the Family. Also, the first book ended on a cliffhanger, and I needed to know what happened! Shana is a detective who was abducted and later released by a serial killer. As one can imagine, the events were traumatic and left Shana with PTSD. On top of it, the serial killer is still out there somewhere. Shana’s story is entertaining, twisty, tense, and full of action. It all feels very real and kept me on edge the entire time. This series gets my highest recommendation. It’s top notch in this genre! I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    The Dead Season is the second book in the Shana Merchant series. I loved the first book, Death in The Family, which left me with some lingering questions surrounding Shana's past and tormentor, who held her captive. The Dead Season picks up three weeks after the events from Death in the Family. Shana is suspended from duty and is in therapy for PTSD. She is now drawn into two crimes that she has a personal connection to and is forced to play a cat and mouse game with her tormentor. The Dead Seas The Dead Season is the second book in the Shana Merchant series. I loved the first book, Death in The Family, which left me with some lingering questions surrounding Shana's past and tormentor, who held her captive. The Dead Season picks up three weeks after the events from Death in the Family. Shana is suspended from duty and is in therapy for PTSD. She is now drawn into two crimes that she has a personal connection to and is forced to play a cat and mouse game with her tormentor. The Dead Season combines a small-town mystery with an upstate New York kidnapping of a child and a family drama. What's a small-town mystery without some family secrets and drama involved. The family drama to this one is shocking and not what I expected, and the tension in the story rises, the more we get to know about Shana's family secrets. While the kidnapping of a child is always disturbing Tessa Wegert keeps it lighter and focuses on Shana and her abductor Bram and those lingering questions I had are answered. The pacing is slow at first as Tessa Wegert sets up the mysteries for us and then the action picks ups and I was turning the pages as fast as I could. While this one is not a thrilling and chilling dark read it's a suspenseful and tension-filled satisfying read and Tessa Wegert sure knows how to set us up for the next one and I look forward to reading it. I received a copy from the publisher through NG

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    4.5 rounded up While I enjoyed Death In the Family more, I still found the second installment to the Shana Merchant series a fantastic read. The writing was again exemplary and character development very well done. I was hoping to learn more about Shana in this book and while I was hoping for more, I definitely respect the direction that Ms. Wegert is taking things. (I was expecting more of a backstory dump in this book, but when it wasn't there I deduced that she is going to be more deliberate i 4.5 rounded up While I enjoyed Death In the Family more, I still found the second installment to the Shana Merchant series a fantastic read. The writing was again exemplary and character development very well done. I was hoping to learn more about Shana in this book and while I was hoping for more, I definitely respect the direction that Ms. Wegert is taking things. (I was expecting more of a backstory dump in this book, but when it wasn't there I deduced that she is going to be more deliberate in sprinkling more information as each book progresses.) There were plenty of twists and turns that I found engaging and believeable. Believe-ability is my biggest pet peeve in thrillers and I have nothing but praise for this series when it comes to that. So many thrillers are filled with crazy twists that are so out of nowhere that it ruins an otherwise good book. There is no such problem here and I am thankful for that! As for the plot, Shana is involved in solving not one, but two cases at once and reading about her attempt to solve both while under enormous emotional stress was highly engaging. I am so excited for the next book and I hope that we are awarded another one in 2021. Thank you so much to Netgalley, Berkeley Books and Tessa Wegert for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review. Publication Date: 12/08/2020 Review Date: 12/26/2020

  7. 4 out of 5

    Max Birner

    The Dead Season was my highly anticipated sequel to the locked room mystery, Death in the Family, and put the focus on our detective's family origins and the secrets her past history holds. This was so close to being a four stars, but the ending didn't do it for me this time around. While I think Wegert does an excellent job creating characters and this dark atmosphere, I could pick out a familiar format to the first novel that did spur my suspicions. The last hundred pages or so we get are an am The Dead Season was my highly anticipated sequel to the locked room mystery, Death in the Family, and put the focus on our detective's family origins and the secrets her past history holds. This was so close to being a four stars, but the ending didn't do it for me this time around. While I think Wegert does an excellent job creating characters and this dark atmosphere, I could pick out a familiar format to the first novel that did spur my suspicions. The last hundred pages or so we get are an amazing unravelling of all of this new information and secrets and I felt as though the motive for the murder wasn't as interesting as I expected. We have so many interesting relationships to the victim and I think nearly any of those could've had a more hard-hitting conclusion. If you were to combine the emotional endings from Jane Harper 's books and add that with the gripping edge of your seat investigation from Wegert's books, it would be an easy five stars. The Dead Season was definitely more for the readers to get to know the backstory of Merchant and Brams, but I'm already eagerly anticipating another entry into the series!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    I LOVE this series! Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing, Suzy Approved Book Tours, and Tessa Wegert for the second book in this amazing detective series. I loved the first book and I have to say I loved this one just as much. I get major Agatha Christie vibes from these books and I love that they each have a story in the book as well as part of an overarching story. This book was about Detective Shana Merchant and her journey to learn more about her past. She was abducted years ago and now h I LOVE this series! Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing, Suzy Approved Book Tours, and Tessa Wegert for the second book in this amazing detective series. I loved the first book and I have to say I loved this one just as much. I get major Agatha Christie vibes from these books and I love that they each have a story in the book as well as part of an overarching story. This book was about Detective Shana Merchant and her journey to learn more about her past. She was abducted years ago and now her kidnapper is playing with her. She is called back to her hometown when her uncle’s remains are found, and though she’s suffering from PTSD, she still wants to investigate. At the same time, a child has been abducted from a field trip and she realizes they are connected. If she can find out what happened to her uncle years ago, she can find the child as well. The story goes deep into her past while helping her solve a mystery in the present. Thoughts: I love the main character in these books, Shana. Her violent past and strong willed attitude makes her the perfect choice for the leading detective. This story focused more on her past and her connection with her abductor. It also had her hunting down her uncle’s killer while slowly learning more about her childhood. I loved that this book really reads like an action movie. I could picture the whole thing and felt immersed in the plot. I have to say I love a good cliffhanger, and this book leaves you eager for more and more of this series. I couldn’t put this book down and can’t wait for another one! 5-stars!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    After reading Death in the Family, I was so excited to dive into The Dead Season. I loved all the twists and turns. I really loved the ending it lets me know that there is another book in this series and i can't wait to get my hands on it. This is a mystery worth reading, I highly recommend this book. 4 stars and recommend this one. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. After reading Death in the Family, I was so excited to dive into The Dead Season. I loved all the twists and turns. I really loved the ending it lets me know that there is another book in this series and i can't wait to get my hands on it. This is a mystery worth reading, I highly recommend this book. 4 stars and recommend this one. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aristotle

    Shana dealing with her PTSD after her abduction by a serial killer, searching for her uncles killer, coming to terms with her mentally ill aunt and what that did to her two cousins, and learning the identity of her kidnapper. This was a well done psychological thriller. Talk about family secrets. This book ends in a major cliffhanger. Read book one Death in the Family to better understand Shana Merchant.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    True Rating 3.5 stars.... The Dead Season is the second book in the Shana Merchant series and this story is an intriguing police procedural filled with deception, secrets, and coming to terms. After everything that went down in the prequel, Death in the Family, Shana has been on suspension and, at the start of this story, she is finally nearing the time when she will be able to take a mental status exam that will decide the future of her career. Shana herself is in a much better place, mentally, True Rating 3.5 stars.... The Dead Season is the second book in the Shana Merchant series and this story is an intriguing police procedural filled with deception, secrets, and coming to terms. After everything that went down in the prequel, Death in the Family, Shana has been on suspension and, at the start of this story, she is finally nearing the time when she will be able to take a mental status exam that will decide the future of her career. Shana herself is in a much better place, mentally, but her progress will face extreme challenges because in The Dead Season, Shana has to face her past as well as bring certain facts to light that could compromise her future. The focus of The Dead Season is primarily on a cold case that involves Shana’s estranged family member. The discovery brings Shana back to her hometown, with a little added pressure from her past tormentor, and while there Shana begins to realize that she is being dragged into a game that she wants no part of. While at home poking into the case of the bone discovery there is an abduction that takes place that has the two cases coming together for Shana. Which only adds to the mounting pressure on her to connect the dots she wishes she did not have to. It seems that Shana knows so much more about the serial killer that had previously held her prisoner than she ever let on. What I love about this story was that it expanded on Shana’s background. I liked discovering more about her and her past. The reveals in The Dead Season really opened up her character for me and I was able to better understand her and what motivates her. Though, I will say that I enjoyed the first book in this series more. This story is well written and carries with it a bit of a thrill but I felt that the tension was off. I never felt the ratcheting tension that would cause this to be a page turner for me. The clues to the mystery were spaced out between the family drama that was occurring and that had the pacing feeling sluggish for a while. Overall, though, The Dead Season was an intriguing story that had chilling moments with a true psychopath and a cop who was willing to do whatever it takes for justice. This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Madeline (always_reading1)

    I need the next one ASAP!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    This is the second book in the Shana Merchant series! The first book "Death in the Family" was excellent, and I think this one was even better! I loved this book!! I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't read fast enough! Plenty of action and twists! I also liked learning more about Shanna's past! I definitely think thriller fans will really enjoy this series! After being abducted and traumatized by a serial killer Bram, she leaves the NYPD and hopes for a fresh start in the Thousand Islands NY This is the second book in the Shana Merchant series! The first book "Death in the Family" was excellent, and I think this one was even better! I loved this book!! I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't read fast enough! Plenty of action and twists! I also liked learning more about Shanna's past! I definitely think thriller fans will really enjoy this series! After being abducted and traumatized by a serial killer Bram, she leaves the NYPD and hopes for a fresh start in the Thousand Islands NY. But Bram has different plans for her. After her estranged uncle's skeletal remains are found, Bram challenges Shanna to return to her hometown in Vermont to solve the case, or he will spill blood, on her hands! As she is trying to solve this mystery, Bram kidnaps again leaving clues only she can figure out. She knows it's up to her to save his next victim. She must dig into her past to solve the cases, while keeping up with Brams mind games! Thank you to the publisher, author, and suzy approved book tours for the review copy! All opinions are my own!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Val

    The Dead Season is a suspenseful mystery with interesting characters and an intriguing storyline. No sophomore slump here! I appreciated getting to know, not only Shana, but also Tim and Mac better. Shana's family dynamics, especially with her aunt and cousin, were interesting to read and added to the suspense when Shana's uncle's bones were found. This book expanded on Shana’s background and explained the mystery of her scar. (It drove me a little crazy when the first book left so much unexplai The Dead Season is a suspenseful mystery with interesting characters and an intriguing storyline. No sophomore slump here! I appreciated getting to know, not only Shana, but also Tim and Mac better. Shana's family dynamics, especially with her aunt and cousin, were interesting to read and added to the suspense when Shana's uncle's bones were found. This book expanded on Shana’s background and explained the mystery of her scar. (It drove me a little crazy when the first book left so much unexplained.) Shana's abductor from the past is not letting go and is intent on playing games with her. We find that she knows his true identity, which is quite a revelation. When he kidnaps again, he challenges her to play a game with him: Solve her uncle's murder or the blood of the missing child will be on her hands.

  15. 5 out of 5

    thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Another great murder mystery! I loved Death In The Family so much and was absolutely thrilled to read the second book of the Shana Merchant series! It is gripping, unputdownable and did not disappoint! ***Thank you Berkley Publishing Group, author Tessa Wegert and NetGalley for this gifted review copy in exchange for an honest review. Pub. Date: Dec 8, 2020*** This is a great follow up from the first book. I liked how we get to know more about Shana in this book since the mystery c Wow. Wow. Wow. Another great murder mystery! I loved Death In The Family so much and was absolutely thrilled to read the second book of the Shana Merchant series! It is gripping, unputdownable and did not disappoint! ***Thank you Berkley Publishing Group, author Tessa Wegert and NetGalley for this gifted review copy in exchange for an honest review. Pub. Date: Dec 8, 2020*** This is a great follow up from the first book. I liked how we get to know more about Shana in this book since the mystery centers around her own family. Shana returns to Vermont after the discovery of her uncle's remains who everyone believes had abandoned his family twenty years ago. At the same time, nine year-old Trey Hayes is reported missing during a school field trip to Boldt Castle. Soon, Shana realised that her former tormentor, Bram, is playing a game of cat and mouse with her, and she must solve her uncle's cold case to save Trey. Once again, the plot is BRILLIANT and twisty. Shana needs to dig deep into her past in order to solve the present mystery, and to do this means she has to reconnect with her cousin and best friend. As the mystery gets complicated, so does the suspect list keeps growing. Nope, I was not able to solve this mystery, and it's a great thing! This book can be read as a standalone but I'd recommend to read the first book first. You would definitely feel a stronger connection with Shana. It brought me so much joy to see how her character grows in this story. In a nutshell: solid and convoluted plot, great characters, suspenseful writing, and perfect ending. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I want my book three now!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    I will admit that I found the first book much more compelling. In The Dead Season, it was easy to forget that there was a child who'd been kidnapped, that those were the immediate stakes - instead there's so much focus on the cold case that the threat almost doesn't feel real. I will say that I really like how Shana's PTSD was handled. She's both aggressively trying to combat it (by taking crazy personal risks, taking self defense classes, and attending counseling) but she's also, not controlled I will admit that I found the first book much more compelling. In The Dead Season, it was easy to forget that there was a child who'd been kidnapped, that those were the immediate stakes - instead there's so much focus on the cold case that the threat almost doesn't feel real. I will say that I really like how Shana's PTSD was handled. She's both aggressively trying to combat it (by taking crazy personal risks, taking self defense classes, and attending counseling) but she's also, not controlled by it, but certainly very affected by it. Her paranoia adds a lot to the rather, dare I say, bland and unthreatening scenes. I think part of my lack of enthusiasm stems from my own ambivalence to family drama. Death in the Family had the tension of a classic locked room mystery where pretty much anyone could be the killer. But The Dead Season was so spread out geographically and we got the real clues in such tiny bites that I had a hard time bringing myself to guess along. Plus, I hate when a big conflict in the plot is "I can't tell [trusted person] this important info because it would make me look bad" - and since that secret-sharing was the catalyst for a rapid increase in the pacing, I could have used it much earlier in the book. This makes it sound like I didn't remotely enjoy the book, but that's not true. Wegert's writing is compulsively readable and I was able to devour the book in two halves (plus a little bit leftover) and I definitely plan on revisiting the series when the next installment comes out. {Thank you Berkley Pub and NetGalley for the advanced copy; all thoughts are my own}

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)

    Officially obsessed with Tessa Wegert's books! ⁣ A Death in the Family was fantastic, and in THE DEAD SEASON, Shana Merchant is back… and this time the murder hits close to home.⁣ ⁣ As in - miles from her home.⁣ ⁣ As in - her own family.⁣ ⁣ After being abducted by a serial killer and then that crazy murder island investigation … she’s now trying to solve the murder of her own uncle. And that serial killer?? Is he somehow involved? Does her past have something to do with this all?⁣ ⁣ Shana Merchant is such Officially obsessed with Tessa Wegert's books! ⁣ A Death in the Family was fantastic, and in THE DEAD SEASON, Shana Merchant is back… and this time the murder hits close to home.⁣ ⁣ As in - miles from her home.⁣ ⁣ As in - her own family.⁣ ⁣ After being abducted by a serial killer and then that crazy murder island investigation … she’s now trying to solve the murder of her own uncle. And that serial killer?? Is he somehow involved? Does her past have something to do with this all?⁣ ⁣ Shana Merchant is such a fantastic character. These books grab your attention, hook you right in, leave you breathless and wanting more. The Dead Season kept me guessing just like Death in the Family did.. and I again, didn’t figure anything out! Foiled again - in the best way! ⁣ ⁣ A must read. 👏🏻⁣

  18. 4 out of 5

    Artee Avalos

    What a read !!! I would have finished this sooner if the holidays weren’t so hectic. Shana Merchant is not cleared to go back to work after her first case and the mishap that occurred. Still suffering from PTSD but ready to get back on the job Shana finds herself heading home because her uncle was killed. Missing for 20 years this is now a murder case. While not officially investigating this case Shana finds she is playing Brahms game. When a kid ends up missing Shana is caught in the middle of What a read !!! I would have finished this sooner if the holidays weren’t so hectic. Shana Merchant is not cleared to go back to work after her first case and the mishap that occurred. Still suffering from PTSD but ready to get back on the job Shana finds herself heading home because her uncle was killed. Missing for 20 years this is now a murder case. While not officially investigating this case Shana finds she is playing Brahms game. When a kid ends up missing Shana is caught in the middle of two investigations. As she discovers new information about her uncles case it brings her closer to finding the missing kid. This book was filled with twists and turns. Brahm is psychotic and is torturing Shana. More answers are reveled as the series develops. I can’t wait to see where the author takes the story. The book ends with you wanting more !!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy McFarlane

    Senior Investigator Shana Merchant is on suspension waiting to pass a psych exam to be able to return to working. PTSD caused her to almost kill a witness in her last case and she has spent months trying to overcome thinking about the serial killer who abducted her and kept her captive in a basement for days. Then the body of her uncle, who the family thought had simply left town 20 years earlier was found and she goes home to be with her family. She soon starts investigating and then her partne Senior Investigator Shana Merchant is on suspension waiting to pass a psych exam to be able to return to working. PTSD caused her to almost kill a witness in her last case and she has spent months trying to overcome thinking about the serial killer who abducted her and kept her captive in a basement for days. Then the body of her uncle, who the family thought had simply left town 20 years earlier was found and she goes home to be with her family. She soon starts investigating and then her partner calls and tells her about an abduction of a young boy. Next thing she knows she is not only working (without permission) both cases but she is also having to face her worst nightmare – Bram, her abductor is playing games with her and the young kidnapped boy is the bait. Shana is a top investigator and it isn’t long before she ferrets out enough information to figure out who killed her Uncle, but is that what Bram wants or does he want more from her? Will her involvement in these cases get her kicked off the force? Will she be able to figure out how to keep Bram out of her head so she can pass her psych exam? Will her family forgive her for what she uncovered? Some of these questions are answered but we will have to wait for the next book for the rest.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    This is the second book in the Shana Merchant series, and you should definitely read book one before reading this one, as events continue and you need the perspective. As it was, it has been eight months since I read the first installment and had forgotten quite a bit and it took a while for it to come back and make the story more compelling and readable. Once I remembered the kidnapping and its possible ties to Shana's past, I couldn't turn pages fast enough to discover what was happening. Much This is the second book in the Shana Merchant series, and you should definitely read book one before reading this one, as events continue and you need the perspective. As it was, it has been eight months since I read the first installment and had forgotten quite a bit and it took a while for it to come back and make the story more compelling and readable. Once I remembered the kidnapping and its possible ties to Shana's past, I couldn't turn pages fast enough to discover what was happening. Much is revealed in this book to further the investigation. Pieces are slotting into place, and the picture is getting more creepy as things come into focus for the main characters. There are still quite a few unanswered questions, and while the two main mysteries of this particular book are solved by the end, there's still a cliffhanger about Bram and his motivations and intentions. I feel as if I'm really getting to know Shana and she is gradually opening herself up to Tim and Mac so that they can all work together with full knowledge. I can't wait to see what happens next! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nikki (Dark.Side.of.the.Tome)

    I'm a sucker for anything that says serial killer, so I knew I had to check this book out. I went into this book not knowing it was the second in a series. It didn't stop me from enjoying all the twists and turns though. I do think it would have been better if I had read the first book, but it gives you enough background so that it can be read alone and enjoyed if you haven't read it. I'll definitely go back to read the first one, thought it will be more like a flashback instead of not knowing w I'm a sucker for anything that says serial killer, so I knew I had to check this book out. I went into this book not knowing it was the second in a series. It didn't stop me from enjoying all the twists and turns though. I do think it would have been better if I had read the first book, but it gives you enough background so that it can be read alone and enjoyed if you haven't read it. I'll definitely go back to read the first one, thought it will be more like a flashback instead of not knowing who the abductor/killer is. This book had a lot going on, but in a good way. There were a handful of characters in the MC's family and small town that were all caught up in the mess of what might have/happened to Shana's uncle. I loved watching the story unfold. I don't really think that there needed to be the abduction of the boy to have this story, but I know that is how Bram wanted to pull Shana back into his game. I really enjoyed getting information from all the different characters and how each of them were currently doing, what grudges were being held, who was protecting who and who didn't know shit. All in all, it was a really well put together story with characters that were relevent, interesting and made you care about what had happened. I can't wait to see what Tessa comes out with next. She is wonderful at pulling a story together while not giving away too much and making you care about the people involved. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Derek 🍻

    Be warned that this 2nd installment in the Shana Merchant series is a continuation of events and characters that took place in the 1st book, Death in the Family. This is not a stand alone and will leave you confused if you read out of order. The Dead Season dives more into one of the ongoing mysteries from the first book: Shana's connection to the sadistic serial killer Bram. They engage in a game of cat and mouse as Shana is split investigating 2 cases: the abduction of a 10 year old boy and th Be warned that this 2nd installment in the Shana Merchant series is a continuation of events and characters that took place in the 1st book, Death in the Family. This is not a stand alone and will leave you confused if you read out of order. The Dead Season dives more into one of the ongoing mysteries from the first book: Shana's connection to the sadistic serial killer Bram. They engage in a game of cat and mouse as Shana is split investigating 2 cases: the abduction of a 10 year old boy and the death of her uncle over 20 years ago as his bones were recently discovered thanks to an anonymous tip. I absolutely loved Death in the Family, so the bar was set high. Excellent writing and story-telling was on display again from Tessa Wegert but this was much more of a slow burn, police procedural, family drama. Everything I loved about the first was missing here: riveting mystery, closed room, whodunnit, Agatha Christie feel. Overall, not bad. We learn a lot of backstory about our amazing, strong female protag Shana. This book feels like a big data dump on her background. But there is still a lot that goes unanswered all but confirming there will be a 3rd book in this series. I will undoubtedly be picking it up to see how Wegert continues to develop these characters and the ongoing storyline. Cheers!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Babitt

    This is the first novel I have read by Tessa Wegert, and it's a winner! I was drawn into the story from the very first page--the very first sentence! I knew immediately that I was in the hands of a masterful storyteller. The tension ratcheted up even as the author took her time to draw us into her physical world--the descriptions rooted us firmly in the sense of place that tells you that you are in literary territory. Each locale was beautifully and hauntingly evoked. As for character and "voice This is the first novel I have read by Tessa Wegert, and it's a winner! I was drawn into the story from the very first page--the very first sentence! I knew immediately that I was in the hands of a masterful storyteller. The tension ratcheted up even as the author took her time to draw us into her physical world--the descriptions rooted us firmly in the sense of place that tells you that you are in literary territory. Each locale was beautifully and hauntingly evoked. As for character and "voice," Shana Merchant has it in spades. All the characters are vividly drawn, including the one character who is talked about so much--whose psyche pervades and shapes the story--but who doesn't spend a lot of physical time on the page. The suspense developed organically, with the author layering plot twists into the narrative that were seamless and felt inevitable--as they should! The Dead Season is also a story about family and the ties that bind...and can blind us to truths we would rather not face. Shana Merchant is a complex character we are always rooting for. She is on the side of the angels and we want her to find the answers that will save innocent lives and give her some measure of peace. Brava, Tessa! On my next visit to the bookstore, I know what I will be buying: A Death in the Family!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    Thanks Goodreads for deleting my review mere minutes after I wrote it! Actual rating: 2.5 stars While I find the premise of this series very interesting, especially the backstory of Shana, I find the execution kinda lacking. The first book was okay, nothing outstanding, but an enjoyable read. This book however was not it. I found the plot convoluted and messy. There was too much happening at once and it make confusing. Also, I missed the moment where it was revealed that (view spoiler)[Bram was Sh Thanks Goodreads for deleting my review mere minutes after I wrote it! Actual rating: 2.5 stars While I find the premise of this series very interesting, especially the backstory of Shana, I find the execution kinda lacking. The first book was okay, nothing outstanding, but an enjoyable read. This book however was not it. I found the plot convoluted and messy. There was too much happening at once and it make confusing. Also, I missed the moment where it was revealed that (view spoiler)[Bram was Shana's cousin (hide spoiler)] . Did it happen in this book? I really can't remember it being revealed in the first book and I guess I missed the reveal early on while listening to this on audio. Also, really did not like the resolution of this but I really couldn't work out in my mind how it could possibly end. Not sure if I'll pick up the next book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    KC

    Troubled pasts, family secrets, a dead uncle, and a missing child all send Senior Investigator Shana Merchant back to her Vermont hometown. But as soon as she arrives, the suspect pool grows, with family members among them. This is the second series installment and perfect for fans of Lisa Gardner.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dana (pagestoreadfl)

    Thank you to the publisher for a free copy of this book. - I absolutely loved this follow up to A Death in the Family. I loved how Shana's past played a much bigger role in this book. Loved how we finally found out more about Bram. And I sure did love how this book ended. The writing was well done, as in book 1. The other characters were not as annoying and pretentious as in book 1. The pace for me felt better than book 1 too. Overall this book was fantastic and I will be looking forward to the fut Thank you to the publisher for a free copy of this book. - I absolutely loved this follow up to A Death in the Family. I loved how Shana's past played a much bigger role in this book. Loved how we finally found out more about Bram. And I sure did love how this book ended. The writing was well done, as in book 1. The other characters were not as annoying and pretentious as in book 1. The pace for me felt better than book 1 too. Overall this book was fantastic and I will be looking forward to the future installments of this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah (sarahandherbookshelves)

    Wow I thought this was so so good. Really I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going to happen, I love how the author had so many people who could have been the murderer and I kept guessing and changing my mind, I also love Shana and Tim so much!! I seriously can’t wait for the next one. Thanks to the publisher for providing me this for review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Shanna left the NYPD after being abducted by a serial killer. When her uncle’s skeleton is found she goes back to her hometown to try and figure out what is going on. She realizes how little she remembers about er childhood.Her family all seems messed up and the story of her abduction isn’t solved at the end of the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephani Beltran

    I was so excited about this book that I had to reread the first in the series, Death in the Family, as I loved the first one so much that I just had to prepare and refresh for this second book in the series. When a book offers all the twists and turns and loads up on the mystery, I am there for it. I definitely recommend reading the first in the series in order to grasp the perspective and make it more enjoyable. I thought I loved the first one so much but then this one got even better and gave m I was so excited about this book that I had to reread the first in the series, Death in the Family, as I loved the first one so much that I just had to prepare and refresh for this second book in the series. When a book offers all the twists and turns and loads up on the mystery, I am there for it. I definitely recommend reading the first in the series in order to grasp the perspective and make it more enjoyable. I thought I loved the first one so much but then this one got even better and gave me so many Agatha vibes which made me love it even more and did not disappoint. It added more layers on the main character from the first book and just wrapped it all up making the plot pretty much Genius! The author does not let you down with the ending and her writing is remarkable. Cant wait to read the next in the series! Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group, Tessa Wegert and Suzy Approved book tours for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (inmycozynook)

    I need this book like now, I absolutely loved Death in the Family!! Can't wait to read more of Shana's story! I need this book like now, I absolutely loved Death in the Family!! Can't wait to read more of Shana's story!

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