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Carolyn O'Malley was the only one to escape from the serial killer known as the Groom. He grabbed her in her home and seven days later made her his bride. He held her for over forty days before she jumped from a window and made her escape. Permanently scarred both mentally and forever physically, she has spent the last seven years helping the FBI. They have created a task force know as the Bridegrooms. Ned, an ex-military buddy of her late partner, has been living with her as a bodyguard. Every year on the date of her escape, the Groom sends a sympathy card. Carolyn has spent the last seven years secretly plotting her revenge. After Carolyn escaped, the serial killer changed his MO. He began taking girls in the spring and fall; each girl resembles Carolyn. If she changes her hair color, he changes his victim. The FBI task force believes she is the key and together they will lay a trap to capture him.
The tale that unfolds sent me on quite a ride, as Wilson slowly revealed what occurred during the forty days Carolyn was held. As Carolyn works with the FBI, we learn they are keeping things from her and she is keeping things from them. The clever twists and reveals Wilson provides kept me engaged, as I connected with the characters and worried about them. The relationship between Ned and Carolyn is unique. He has spent the past seven years acting as her bodyguard, maid, nurse and friend. Ned is deeply in love with strong-willed Carolyn and deep down she knows this. As Ned hints about life after the Groom, Carolyn must address how she feels about Ned. The climatic, weekend ending, was gripping and a surprise reveal left shocked. After I closed the book, I realized Wilson had cleverly dropped clues along the way.
This book was a total page turner; I finished it in one night. A woman named Carolyn O' Malley at the age of 41 is taken from her house from an intruder on Windsor Street in Pittsburg. As the story is unfolding is where the reader can figure out how it happened and what it all involves. It's like the reader can feel the emotional scars left behind from the torment she has to deal with from the attacker's invasion of her home and life.
The story starts out where Carolyn and Ned are together for three years and he acts more of a body guard than a lover. He protects her whenever they may go. So the story tells of this abduction that happened seven years ago.
Carolyn sees a psychologist for treatments, physical therapy, learns marital arts, learns to shoot a gun, and walk again because two of her toes are amputated and wants to meet her attacker head on and murder him for that he has done to her.
What is so interesting is all of this information does not spoil this story and will shock you until the very end. If you have had an abuse of any sort in your life and wish to read this story the twists and turns will take you to the event and all the investigations with a amazing ending.
© 2012 Jackie Paulson
This is not an all action mystery but a slowly developing story that until near the end relies on character development there is Carolyn (Cari) who was abducted but managed to escape from a serial killer and after all the abuse she suffered wants revenge, Ned her bodyguard or more and the "Groom" who abducted her and although viewed in flashback does not appear until very late in the story. Together with these characters there is a team of detectives known collectively as "the best men". I have not given the plot away as all of this is revealed very early in the book. I liked the book some of it is quite distressing but right for the book. I liked this book but it is not for everyone as if you like an easy action novel it is nothing like this but it does draw you into the story and want to know the outcome and is the ending going to be a happy one or not.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it."
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