The crime scenes are horrifying. The victims are all arranged with deliberate care -- posed to appear alive despite their agonizing deaths. Chattanooga grief counselor Audrey Sherrod moonlights for the local police and it's clear to her and to Special Agent J.D. Cass that these murders are the work of a deranged serial killer. Initially, the victims are linked only by their physical appearance, but later, a link to horrifying crimes that took place long ago emerges. Each grisly new discovery underscores that the past has not been forgotten. Audrey went looking for the truth, and found it. Unfortunately, it's more twisted and terrifying than she could have imagined.
Barton (Dead by Midnight) delivers a solid mix of romance and terror in her latest thriller. When the bodies of kidnapped women are discovered with long-dead babies in their arms, J.D. Cass of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation gets called in. Therapist Audrey Sherrod, a counselor for families of the victims, has dark secrets in her own family's past. The two despise each other at first, but are slowly brought together when Audrey befriends J.D.'s rebellious teenage daughter, Zoe. Barton paces the romance nicely, intertwining it with the mystery and an ever-growing list of suspects. Occasional sloppy prose hurts the flow of the book, but readers willing to overlook this will enjoy the action sequences and the leads' antagonistic attraction as well as the assorted twists in the murder case. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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September 30, 2010
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