Series: Romantic Suspense #8
Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 13, 2008
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Special Agent Daniel Vartanian has sworn to find the perpetrator of multiple killings that mimic a 13-year-old murder linked to a collection of photographs that belonged to his brother, Simon, the ruthless serial killer who met his demise in DIE FOR ME. Daniel is certain that someone even more depraved than his brother committed these crimes, and he's determined to bring the current murderer to justice and solve the mysterious crime from years ago.
With only a handful of images as a lead, Daniel's search will lead him back through the dark past of his own family, and into the realm of a mind more sinister than he could ever imagine. But his quest will also draw him to Alex Fallon, a beautiful nurse whose troubled past reflects his own. As Daniel becomes attached to Alex, he discovers that she is also the object of the obsessed murderer. Soon, he will not only be racing to discover the identity of this macabre criminal, but also to save the life of the woman he has begun to love.
Georgia Special Agent Daniel Vartanian is haunted by the discovery he made when his brother, Simon, was killed and a chilling murder has him back in his hometown of Dutton, Georgia. ER nurse Alexandra (Alex) Fallon gets a call from a Georgia social worker, notifying her that her surrogate stepsister is missing and she needs to come get her 4-year old daughter. You just know all this will collide, connect and hopefully make sense at some point. And, the journey there will be harrowing.
There’s a LOT going on in this story with at least three separate and distinct mysteries in play. Daniel is exceptional as he has to face his past, confront the present and imagine his future when he meets Alex for the first time and as he works the cases. She’s not been back to Dutton since her traumatic childhood ended in disaster and I loved how the two of them dealt with the cases and their histories as a couple. Their romance was simply wonderful and I fell for both of them.
This was definitely a thrilling and bumpy ride. There are so many creepy people in this town and everyone seems like they’ve got something to hide. The “serial” killer is identified right up front so there’s no mystery there. What is a puzzle is why he’s doing what he’s doing and the reasons for his choice of victims. Just when you think you’ve nailed it, he throws you another curve.
Karen Rose continues to reign, at least in my mind, as the Queen of the romantic suspense genre. This series is extraordinary and this story unsettled me (in a good, reading way). I struggle with wanting to just sit down and binge read my way through the series but have decided to take my time, savoring each book and enjoying the reading trek. I strongly recommend reading the series in order as resolutions to previous cases are often discussed in subsequent books and many of the characters are connected throughout.
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