Locked In by Marcia Muller is the 27th book in the “Sharon McCone” mystery series. Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, October 2009

My fingertips touched the switch but before I could flip it, a dark figure appeared only a few feet away and then barreled into me, knocked me against the wall. As I tried to scramble away, one of my groping hands touched and then caught hold of some kind of material—
Sudden flash, loud pop
Rush of pain
Oh my God, I’ve been shot—
Nothing.

Shot in the head by an unknown assailant, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone finds herself trapped by locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but an alert, conscious mind. Since the late-night attack occurred at her agency’s offices, the natural conclusion was that it was connected to one of the firm’s cases. As Sharon lies in her hospital bed, furiously trying to break out of her body’s prison and discover her attacker’s identity, all the members of her agency fan out to find the reason why she was assaulted. Meanwhile, Sharon becomes a locked-in detective, evaluating the clues from her staff’s separate investigations and discovering unsettling truths that could put her life in jeopardy again. As the case draws to a surprising and even shocking conclusion, Sharon’s husband, Hy, must decide whether or not to surrender to his own violent past and exact fatal vengeance when the person responsible is identified.

Sharon is shot in the head and left in a comatose state. She can hear, see and talk but no one can hear her. It’s locked in. Her husband and team gather to find the reason why she’s in this state. Collectively, it took me a little under three hours to read this book. This was a thrilling ride with each page turned and I couldn’t stop until I knew what happened and what the outcome would be. Excellent read! My rating: 5 stars

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