What Harms You by Lisa Black
7/25/23; 336 pages
Locard Institute Thriller#2
What Harms You by Lisa Black is a very highly recommended mystery/thriller and the second book in the Locard Institute series.
The first thing that happens when Dr. Ellie Carr
arrives for her first day as an instructor at the Locard Institute, a forensic research center which holds classes for law enforcement experts,
is that her key card didn't work. The second event was that Dr. Barbara Wright, the instructor she is replacing, is
found dead on the floor of a supply closet. The death appears to be an accident, but Ellie and her supervisor
Rachael Davies are suspicious. When another death occurs, the two team
up to try and find the connection between the two murders. Two different classes are being held and it seems the guilty party must be one of the attendees.
With What Harms You Lisa Black has written another excellent forensic mystery/thriller. The real-life scientific details she provides as an crime scene analyst and investigator add depth and realism. Completing the exceptional narrative is the carefully crafted intricate plot. Add in the complex, fully-realized characters and the result is a compelling mystery that will hold your complete attention to the tense, exciting denouement.
Even though this is part of a series, beginning with Red Flags, What Harms You works
well as a stand alone. Anyone who appreciates novels with details about
the forensics and scientific details involved in an investigation along
with strong, competent female characters will enjoy What Harms You immensely. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this series.