Series: Chasing Evil Trilogy #1
Published by Harlequin MIRA on January 17, 2011
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Late-night radio-show psychologist Rain Sommers is used to the crazies who call in to rage from the back alleys of the French Quarter and the shadows of the bayou. But one caller's chilling obsession with her and her long-ago murdered mother--an iconic singer beloved among the city's Goth community--has even the jaded Rain running scared as a sadistic serial killer known as the Vampire prowls New Orleans.
FBI agent Trevor Rivette is convinced her midnight caller and the killer are one and the same. As it becomes disturbingly clear that the Vampire has a sick bloodlust only Rain can satisfy, she allows Trevor to get closer and closer. But he soon discovers that his secretive past and troubled present are intertwined--and that he may die trying to keep Rain's fate out of a madman's control.
FBI agent Trevor Rivette has tracked a serial killer to New Orleans, his own hometown he left years ago. He’s confronting not only the tragic deaths of the killer’s victims but the ghosts of his wrecked past. Rain Sommers, the sultry host of a late night radio show, crosses his path when it appears she’s a potential target of the killer. They’re soon investigating each other as their mutual attraction is impossible to ignore.
The heart of the story
What makes this story pretty interesting is the uncovering of both Trevor and Rain’s past while sifting through the clues to try to identify the who and the why about this case. The New Orleans setting would normally be enough to add more mysteriousness but the underground Goth world seems to be at the center of the serial killer’s focus. It added a creep factor to heighten the tension. Trevor’s very complicated and his relationship with his family even more. Of course, his “secret” romance with Rain was completely inappropriate given she’s part of the investigation but, hey, who cared?
The bottom line
I got wrapped up in this story as it’s a page turner. In terms of suspense, it doesn’t really chart new territory but it’s written and paced very well. There are lots of interesting characters and discovering Trevor’s history was equally intriguing. I’m not sure if the next book in the series is connected but I’m ready to find out.