Today I have another April Read and Review book, from the WLC selections!
Synopsis: She thought she left the murders and his obsession behind…
Special Agent Jess Harris has spent more than a decade studying the many faces of evil. But in her determination to stop a heinous serial killer, she messed up, broke the rules, and it cost her everything. Now her career is in need of resuscitation and her love life is dead and buried. Jess jumps at the chance to escape her current reality and to advise on a case that has Birmingham, Alabama’s top cops stumped. The trouble is, the case forces Jess to confront all the reasons she put her hometown and her first love, Police Chief Dan Burnett, in her rearview mirror all those years ago. He turned to her in desperation, but that wasn’t the whole truth…
Dan Burnett will do anything to find the four young women who have gone missing before it’s too late to save them—even if it means asking for help from the woman who has spent a decade avoiding him. Until recently he kept up with Jess’s career at Quantico. She’s the best at what she does and he needs her to help him solve this case. And just maybe, in the process, they can break down that brick wall she has built between them. Maybe they can even be more than friends again. Then a fifth girl goes missing without a break in the case… Jess questions her skill as a profiler and an investigator. Then the unthinkable happens. A startling personal message reveals that the crazed serial killer whose case she blew has followed her to Birmingham, adding a chilling twist to an already desperate situation, and time is swiftly running out.
Review: I took my time reading this book, as it is full of minute details for you to pay attention to. As a fan of Dean Koontz and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child, I think Webb is definitely a new force in the police/mystery/thriller range! She builds you slowly into liking the characters, until suddenly you are enraptured with the story and don't want to put it down. At that point it's a locomotive of a ride, steam rolling to the finish and not letting the reader down along the way!
Setting the story in Birmingham, AL, was unusual, but really worked well for the story. This is a thriller, involving teenage kidnapping, so it is definitely NOT a book for kids to read. I was glad to see that this is the first in a 12 book series for the 2 main characters, and that one of the main story lines continues into the next book. As I really liked the book! I will be buying the rest of the series to see how things turn out for the duo, and if Jess can 'fix' her past mistakes! This one is a great read, just don't read it before bed- it might haunt you!
AND you can get it now for only $1.99 on Amazon! Don't have an e-reader? It's also out in paperback! Woo hoo! So run over and check it out!
And don't forget to check out WLC, for some more great ebooks at super low prizes, when they are featured as part of the monthly Read and Review program!!
About the Author: Debra Webb was born in Scottsboro, Alabama, to parents who taught her that anything is possible if you want it badly enough. She loved telling stories and began writing at age nine. Growing up on a farm in rural Alabama provided the wide open spaces and fertile ground for her vivid imagination. Shortly after the birth of her first daughter Debra’s husband joined the military. The U.S. Army took them to Berlin, Germany, and by 1985, they were back in the States.
Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from the World Literary Cafe, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or otherwise, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it. Nor was I given any incentive from Amazon, to mention it being available on their site.