There have been many books involving serial killers as this seems to be a trend that has caught on with thriller authors. This book, as well, has a serial killer as its focus. However, there are a different type of investigators who strive to find this disturbed and wanton killer.
Agent Nadine Finch is a profiler who has had quite a past. She and her brother have a serial killer as their mother. In fact, most of Dr Finch’s family, dating back generations, have had murder in their makeup. Certainly, Nadine has scars, internal ones, that she suffers from, wondering if those killer instincts of her family, were passed down to her? That worry consumes her and her relationships with others, especially the man she loves, Clint, a homicide detective. She has chosen this line of work she is entrenched in, because she feels a commitment to those who have been harmed by killers. She has vowed never to return to the place where her mother conducted her killings, the Ocala National Forest, and yet now, she finds herself there along with her team, investigating the heinous killing of Nikki Darnell. Nadine’s team is also comprised of people who have had parents who were dangerous and in prison for their crimes. It’s a most intriguing group of people and their work is certainly cut out for them as this killer is a predator who revels in the torture of his victims and then weakens them to hunt them down with a crossbow leaving each victim with an arrowhead embedded in them.
After much investigation, Nadine trips to the fact that this killer has targeted women who have been in contact with her and seems to be homing in on her as he draws closer and closer to her. As all serial killers seem to be, he is ruthless, intelligent, and is able to hide in plain sight. As he draws closer, the team is also in grave danger as his ultimate plan to capture Nadine takes a deadly grip on all those who are within her circle.
Certainly, this was one of those “unputdownable” stories that kept the action and suspense going from the very start to the close of the story. Nadine and the other characters were a fine study in the oftentimes guilt children carry because of the deeds of their parents and family. This was the second book in the series and although I have not read the first one, I do intend to, as Jenna Keman has created characters who have faced such adversity and still have courage and true grit in their makeup.
I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a story that blends a perfect mixture of suspense, fright and edge of your seat awareness with characters that are well developed and have the determination to see that justice is served and evil is aborted.
Thank you for Jenna Kernan, Bookouture, and NetGalley for a copy of this engagaing story published on May 25, 2021.
and here’s the author:
Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jenna Kernan is a two-time RITA nominee and winner of the Book Buyers’ Best award. Prior to signing with Bookouture, she published over thirty novels including her popular APACHE PROTECTOR series, and is a member of numerous writing groups, including International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Florida Mystery Writers and Novelists, Inc. and frequently attends conferences on police procedure at the Writers Police Academy and MurderCon. Jenna currently lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband. A natural redhead, she has recently increased her sunblock to SPF 50.