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This book brings plenty of punch with a serial killer with a grotesque way of playing out fairy tales. The local police and FBI have been trying to unravel this for years without making much progress. After the initial "Hansel and Gretel" they have not even been able to identify the victims. With the latest addition to the horrific anthology, a FBI profiler is sent to work with the lead detective on the case.
I will admit that my thoughts as I read the early chapters were mixed as I tried to decide if the focus was more romantic or on the case, and that the romance seemed a little sudden, and perhaps a bit forced. If you start reading this book and have similar feelings, I encourage you to push on. The thrills, emotions, and a deeply twisted backstory backstory to the true killer brings plenty of punch and depth to the suspense part, and my initial feelings on the romance were completely rethought with a very unexpected plot twist about 1/3 of the way into the book and things are pretty well non stop from that point on. The introduction of Rae brings an interesting cast of characters in the form of her family, in addition to her spunk, and her interesting ties to the case.
I am giving this one a solid 4 stars, and will be looking for more on these characters.
Edited to note that I did receive a complimentary advanced copy for review.
Detective Luke is called upon to solve a mysterious serial killer. When a profiler is called in Luke is convinced she will be no help. Of course he's proven wrong. However with a whopper of a twist that seriously had me gasping the whole story changed direction.
We also read of Special Agent Raes view when she's called into help out.
I really can't say much more of the storyline. I really want you to jump right in and get completely absorbed in the story like I did. If you like romantic suspense stories then get 1-clicking. I'm off to check & see what else this author has written oh and to finish the alcohol I had to pour while reading this story.
I just gotta add the cover didn't jump out at me before I started reading this. However after reading it I'm looking at the cover and thinking its a very appropriate cover!!
This book is a follow up to the author's short story "Crushed Gardenias". However, reading CG is not necessary to read this book although I suspect having a background will more firmly ground this novel. Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I found the first few chapters to be a bit slow but once things got going, they really got going. The murders that are taking place were described with just enough content to leave me wanting more. The detective, Luke Thompson, was a character that I came to very much like. There was just something about him, and in his past, that drew me to him. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of the relationship/chemistry between the detective and Melinda. Still, it all worked out, so I can't really complain. As for Rae Hatting, since this is dubbed a "Rae Hatting Mystery", I was a little surprised not to find her anywhere in the initial beginning of the book. Of course, Ms. Osborne being the wonderful writer that she is, knew exactly what she was doing and brought our favorite character in with just the write amount of finesse and oomph! I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.
After a seven year lull, another body is found posed like a fairy tale character. Devastated by his grief, Lucas has pulled away from lie, hiding away in his cabin. Wanting to catch the serial killer once and for all, Captain Frank Harris begs Rae Hatting to come investigate the murders and hopefully find them some new leads. But the biggest obstacle Rae faces is getting Lucas back on the case.
I really liked the characters of Lucas and Melinda. Their romance may have happened a little fast, but they were meant for each other. I don’t want to put out any spoilers, but Osborne did a great job with Lucas and his grief. Then Rae Hatting comes on the scene. I enjoyed the interplay between Rae and Lucas, and you could see a spark between the two.
Even though the story is told from a first person POV, there was no confusion on who was telling the story. Osborne did a good job at keeping their personalities separate. The story was fast-paced, well-written, and kept me turning the pages. As for a plot twist, I can’t say I was surprised at the ending.
My only point of contention, Frank and Lucas knew who the killer was at the end of Part One. I just couldn’t understand why they didn’t pursue their leads at that time.
If you love a good psychological thriller, with a little romance, I recommend this book. I’m looking forward to reading more about Lucas and Rae and I give the book 4 feathers