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Midnight Sacrifice [Kindle Edition]

Melinda Leigh
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Book Description

2014 Daphne du Maurier Award Finalist

One by one, people are mysteriously disappearing from a small Maine town.

Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan’s sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, vanishing without a trace into the vast wilderness. When the police fail to find his sister's captor, Danny returns to Maine to hunt him down.

He begins his search with another survivor, bed and breakfast owner Mandy Brown, but her refusal to cooperate raises Danny’s suspicions. What is the beautiful innkeeper hiding?

Mandy Brown has a secret. But sexy Danny Sullivan, his relentless questions, and the desire that simmers between them threaten to expose the truth. A revelation that puts her family in danger. As more people disappear, it becomes clear the killer is planning another ritual…and that he’s circling in on Mandy.

Editorial Reviews


"Leigh takes us on a roller coaster ride of terror in this equally frightening and romantic story. Readers will escape into the little Northeast town with big secrets and will be surprised by what the author has planned next with each turn of the page. Her vast imagination will have suspense fans cheering, but some of the characters are complex—almost cryptic. All in all, a great read with a plot so thick, it can be cut with a knife." —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"Midnight Sacrifice is an impeccable, unpredictable package of suspense, mystery, romance and passion, tied up with an irresistible bow of compelling prose, sinister setting details and characters so real you'll ache at every setback and give thanks for the smallest triumph. This is one package you won't be able to unwrap slowly — and you won't want to put it down until you've reached the astonishing, stirring end." —Kathy Altman, USA Today Happy Ever After

"Leigh's deft hand with crafting real-life characters shines, especially in her honest dialogue. She easily brings the Maine landscape to life and her descriptions of the inn and Mandy's daily tasks of running it are detailed enough to draw the rooms around you but short enough not to bog you down in the wainscoting." —Kiersten Hallie Krum, Heroes and Heartbreakers

"The thrills and chills are just as intense as the romantic edge. Not only will this book get your attention, it will most definitely keep it!" —Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazine

"The mystery interwoven with romance and the sheer terror of experiencing what the victims were experiencing at Nathan's crazed whims were enough to have me bringing this book everywhere I went until the last page was turned with a sigh. I wanted it to last forever and I will be watching for more books by this author." —Long and Short Reviews

About the Author

Melinda Leigh abandoned her career in banking to raise her kids and never looked back. She started writing as a hobby and became addicted to creating characters and stories. Since then, she has won numerous writing awards for her paranormal romance and romantic-suspense fiction. Nominated for an International Thriller Award for Best First Novel, her debut book, She Can Run, sold over 100,000 copies within six months and was the number one bestseller in both Kindle Romantic Suspense and Mystery/Thriller. When she isn’t writing, Melinda is an avid martial artist: she holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate and teaches women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs, and two rescue cats.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1957 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (April 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful! April 16, 2013
By Mich_Mc
Format:Kindle Edition
Midnight Sacrifice is the highly anticipated follow up to Midnight Exposure and it was worth the wait!

I highly recommend reading them in order as they are not really stand alone novels. Midnight Sacrifice picks up the huge plot line left open in Midnight Exposure and brings it to a conclusion.

In Midnight Exposure we met Jayne who inardvertently put herself into the sights of a ritual killer, when she was kidnapped her brothers came to the rescue. Danny Sullivan had been medically discharged from the army and was suffering from PTSD when he went to try and save his sister, he ended up saving Mandy instead and unfortunately the killer escaped. Now four months later his sister isn't sleeping, she's plagued with nightmares as the police investigation has came to a stand still and she needs a resolution in order to get on with her life.

Danny returns to Maine with the intention of getting to the bottom of what is going on. When he encounters Mandy again there is an attraction there but he soon becomes aware that she is keeping secrets and possibly knows more than she has previously admitted to. Can he convince Mandy to trust him? People are disappearing again and suspicions are rife - can they get to the bottom of it before it's too late?

I loved this book, it had a little of everything and I was kept guessing until almost the end. Melinda paints a vivid picture with her writing and you can easily identify with the characters and see yourself living among them. I planned to read just a few chapters before bed but what actually happened was I read it until the last word - I just couldn't put it down, so much happens in this book emotionally I was a mess! there are more Sullivan's I wouldn't mind getting to know better.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read April 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A killer is on the loose near the small town of Huntsville, Maine. Four months ago, he ritualistically killed two people and kidnapped three others. Unfortunately, he escaped and his whereabouts has stymied the police. Danny Sullivan's sister, Jayne, was kidnapped by the killer and narrowly escaped. Jayne is again at home in Philadelphia but lives in fear that the killer will find her. Frustrated, Danny returns to Huntsville determined to track down the killer.

Although Danny did not rescue Jayne, he did save Mandy Brown, Hunstville's bed and breakfast owner, from an attack by the killer. Danny is attracted to Mandy. Nonetheless, Mandy is the logical person for him to begin his investigation. He is perplexed by her unwillingness to answer his questions. What does she have to hide?

Mandy does have a secret that could destroy her family. She unwittingly had an affair with the killer about which she is ashamed. More importantly, she is receiving threats of harm to her ill mother and mentally challenged brother if she reveals the relationship to anyone.

Mandy continually rebuffs Danny, although it becomes obvious that the attraction is mutual. Regardless of the the growing feelings between them, she must keep her secret from the charming, sexy and ever persistent Danny. She wants to trust Danny but fears what he will think of her because of the affair.

People begin disappearing and it appears that the killer is preparing for another of his ritualistic murders. It soon becomes apparent that the killer is obsessed with Mandy. Will she be able to keep her family safe? Will Danny be able to protect Mandy? Will the killer deprive Danny and Mandy of a future?

Jayne's story is told in Midnight Exposure, the first book of this compelling series.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Sacrifice April 16, 2013
LOVE, I just absolutely love Melinda Leigh's books. Her characters are the people you know. They have real life problems. Their problems have real life solutions. Melinda's characters are east to connect to. The small town settings are somewhere you have been, or perhaps it is the place that you live. These factors and so many more make her books a pleasure to read. I also love the amazing dogs that she includes in her stories. The dog characters always have an amazingly large role. They truly are a character in the suspenseful tale that she weaves.

I knew the moment that Danny looked at Mandy and said "Please keep talking to me, Mandy" that he had something that needed to turn into a book. The situation they were in when he said this had the potential to really mess him up. Danny has just recently returned home from Iraq. His war injuries have left him feeling like a burden to his family. He no longer feels whole. Danny returns to Huntsville four months after the night he meets Mandy. His sister is still having problems sleeping. The trail for finding her tormentor has run cold. He wants to help in some way and he is hoping that a trip to where Jayne's nightmare began may get the Sullivan family some much needed answers.

Mandy has some secrets that she is determined to keep. The secrets that she is keeping are protecting not only her life, but the lives of those that she holds dear. She has a daily reminder of the harm that her poor decisions cause. Every time she sees her friend Jed she can't help but think about how she has caused all of his current problems. The added stress of being the person solely in charge of the inn does not help her blight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love, love, love this story. Hooked from page 1. Great characters. Can not wait for her next great read. A must read.
Published 17 hours ago by Doxiesmommy1
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters were great and I was invested in them well written
Published 4 days ago by diane i. springer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bet you can't guess who Nathan's partner is
Another great read from Me. Leigh. It starts out with excitement and keeps going from there. It starts with the last part of the previous book but you need not read the previous... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Marilynne Sue King
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turning mystery.
Some Celtic elements, some craziness, a dash of love and a dangerous killer on the loose. Add in an ex army with Todd and a woman trying to run a bed and breakfast when being... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jeanne M Abbott
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing.
Exciting fast-paced book.the characters were wonderful and even a bit of romance among events leading to a huge ending. Excellent book.
Published 6 days ago by Tori Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight sacrifice
This book was very kept you engaged the entire time.I was surprised at how many people in the community were involved.
Published 7 days ago by Vanessa Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight was a great read
Lovethisstory line and how it's an on going story. The Sullivan s are a cool family, all of them have a story.
Published 13 days ago by Laura Monson
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Book Midnight Sacrifice
I really liked the suspense in the book. But I didn't expect so much ritualistic content. If a reader enjoys murder based on rituals, then the book would be for that reader.
Published 13 days ago by Woody
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and suspense.
I totally enjoyed this suspenseful mystery. It kept me guessing to the end. I'm looking forward to the next book of Melinda's.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customerj Judy Matthews
2.0 out of 5 stars Celts?
I liked another novel by this writer, but this story-line begs the reader to accept some things that are just silly. Read more
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More About the Author

Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda's debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Her bestselling books have twice been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award.

Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She's dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women's self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of shelter dogs and two rescue cats who clearly run the show. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting

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