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Charlotte remembers seeing a news story when she was younger, and is reminded of that when she starts doing some research for a new book. She stumbles upon what looks like a serial killer that no one has noticed yet. Over the years girls have been abducted and killed and no one has made the connection between them until Charlotte.
When Charlotte gets all her information in order she goes to the FBI to turn it over to them. She expects that to be the end of her involvement, only that is only the beginning. Shortly thereafter someone tries to get her and she is forced to run.
I did enjoy reading about her on the run. I loved how she tried to be smart about it, moving around and trying to make it so no one could find her. She isn't sure who to trust so she doesn't trust anyone until she has to. She can only go so far by herself, and really some of the info she acquires I find hard to believe would be that easy to access. Some of it was a bit unrealistic, but it was still fun. I just wish the writing wouldn't have been so stagnant for me so I would have really gotten into the story.
The ending was a bit too easy in a way, but eh. That was fine as it was just a light read for me. There is an obvious glaring problem that they don't address, but I think that is being left for the second book. It was just odd that it didn't come up after everything went down. One thing I did like **slight spoiler ahead** was that Charlotte and Jack, the FBI agent she works with, don't end up in love at the end. A lot of times author will throw people together like this, but I was pleasantly surprised when this one did not. It wouldn't have made a lot of sense if they would have gotten together so I enjoyed that. So it was an alright read, not as amazing as it could have been, but fun.
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
Charlotte Marshall is a writer who is experiencing writers block. She has to turn in her work on her new book and she is having a tough time being creative. She remembers hearing about a murdered girl from when she was younger and decides to research that murder in the hopes it will help her writers block. The more she researches, the more young women she finds have been murdered. After extensive research and organizing, Charlotte is convinced that all those deaths were committed by a serial killer. Although the killings took place in various locations in the country and over a long period of time, the victims all resembled each other and were found easily. She goes to the FBI with her concerns and theories but they are not believers. Then Charlotte is attacked and the attacker talks about the murdered girls, his “babies” and tells Charlotte he will show her what he did to them. She manages to escape and goes on the run, scared for her life. She does not know who to trust, because the only people who knew about her theory were her two best friends and the FBI. She knows she can trust her friends, so that means someone within the FBI must be the serial killer. How will she ever prove she is right and save herself?
I really enjoyed reading about Charlotte. She is witty and quirky and rather OCDish. She is caring and smart and funny. I loved reading about her television watching comparisons to what was happening in her life. She seems real to me and is someone I would like to know.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The suspense continues to build until the end and I found myself turning pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced well plotted mystery suspense. Like I said before, it is hard to believe this a debut novel. I am very impressed with the writers ability to create tension and suspense. I am looking forward to reading more books written by Becky Johnson.
This author has you quaking in fear right along with the main character Char. She has no one to trust since she went to the FBI for help, only to be attacked soon after. She doesn't how she can go about finding the someone who can help her stay alive while the perpetrator is always on her heels.
This is a must read!
In spite of a couple of strong set-pieces, the bad guy never feels like a serious threat to the narrator and the reveal of his identity is a bit underwhelming. This is mostly because the narrator is able to move and research with relative ease aside from the initial events that drive her on the run and some boo-scares throughout.
The resolution suffers from being a bit rushed and for not addressing one of the major (possible) red herrings introduced that seemed so important as to be pivotal to this story. It seems as if it might be a dangling thread meant to lead into a sequel (which I think this character could support), but I also think this thread needed to be a bit more fleshed out and/or addressed in this book as it comes across as a bit of a bait and switch as it stands.
Still, this is a very readable first novel, and the author makes some interesting choices that distinguish her narrator as a strong and unconventional heroine.