I have quite enjoyed books by Allison Brennan. This is my first Lucy Kincaid book. I found it easy to follow along especially given that this is the fifteenth book in the series and not the first one. With that being said, I don't think its necessary to read these books in order.
Allison, as always, does a very great job in providing the back story for her characters especially the victims in this book. She also provides examples of previously cases that Lucy has worked on and how those cases are currently similar to the serial killer case she is currently working on.
Allison also does a good job in providing and describing the setting of the story. You can tell that this story is taking place in Texas, although it does tell you the location. I felt that the character, Jerry Walker, who is the BCSO investigator on case, helps to establish that southern feel in the story. This is done by the way that the character speaks and the way he acts. To be honest, Jerry was my least favorite character from the very beginning. I didn't like the way he was written or the way he treated Lucy, which is related to her being the FBI. I did finally start to warm up to him near the end of the book. I have to be honest in the fact that I almost stopped reading the book after a few chapters because I was struggling with connecting with Jerry.
Speaking of characters, I found it hard at times to keep track of all of the victims. There were multiple victims, obviously since this is a serial killer case, but each victim had multiple living relatives that played a key part in the story. The one thing that I found to help was that Allison continued to connect each victim, or at least attempt to, when a new victim was discovered.
The story was well written and was quite descriptive. Allison makes it easy to picture each scene, the profile that is delivered by Lucy's brother Dylan, and the evidence that the crime lab produces like the video.
The one thing that I am still confused about though and truly feel could have been omitted from the story or put into a different book was the story line around Jesse, Michael, and Brian. To provide a little backstory without giving away too much, Jesse is Lucy's step son and he tries to help out his friend. This story was interesting, but I cold not figure out how it connected with the serial murder that Lucy was investigating with Jerry. It felt disconnected from the rest of the story. As previously mentioned, I feel that this could have been omitted and the main story would have read a little bit smoother. I would have liked to read about Jesse and his friends though, just in a different book.
All in all, I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars. The main story was well written, but it had quite a few pitfalls in my mind.
Thank you Gallery Publicity for allowing me to review this book early.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
With a background in psychology, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is good at getting into the heads of killers and victims both. Still, her latest case is leaving her stumped. A third body has turned up in San Antonio—and it bears the same unique and troubling M.O. as the first two. The killer is clearly trying to send a message. But what is it—and to whom? All roads keep leading Lucy down a dead end. . .
The victims are all married men who led honest lives alongside their adoring wives, but have nothing else in common. When Lucy catches each widow in a lie, she realizes that things are not at all as they seem. What begins as a seemingly straightforward investigation turns into something far darker and more sinister than Lucy could have ever imagined. Can she solve this case before more lives are lost. . . including her own husband?