A review by Amanda.
When Ed Loebig’s puppy Digger lives up to his name by digging at a freshly turned grave, Ed feels embarrassed at first. The embarrassment turns to horror once he realizes that there’s a body in the grave that doesn’t belong there. Ed calls the local sheriff, who puts the word out and brings in agents from Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation – and the hunt for a serial killer begins. Six more bodies are found across several counties, buried in the same fashion. All of the victims are female, and all with signs of being raped and tortured before death by strangulation. None of the women have ID or identifying marks and it’s up to Agent Cam Prescott and his team to find out who they are, what links them together, and who is committing these atrocious acts, before another victim is taken. Doctor Sophia Channing works closely with multiple law enforcement agencies to analyze and profile offenders. Her expertise makes her invaluable to the task force, led by Cam, formed to find this killer. Cam and Sophia’s romantic history makes things complicated, as does the case when the killer decides to targets Sophia…
First of all, anyone who has experienced sexual trauma may want to avoid this book. It wasn’t as graphic as some books and shows, but it gave enough detail to warrant caution. The story was paced very well. It moved quickly with lots of action and changed perspective often enough to keep the reader’s attention. While some of the plot points were predictable, there were a few twists that kept me guessing and intrigued. I did not like Cam much in the beginning. He came across as stereotypically “macho” and sexist. He has a difficult time reconciling the cool and “regal” doctor with her job of interviewing and profiling some of the worst, most gruesome criminals out there. He even compared her to a fairy princess at one point. Cam also appeared to dislike another female character, also a doctor, because her propensity for swearing was at odds with her looks and stature. I got the impression that he viewed her as unladylike and that this was a bad thing, even though she is quite competent at her job. That being said, there is potential for him to grow as the series continues.
I very much enjoyed Sophia. She was intelligent, witty, resourceful, and defiantly chose her own path. She was not a damsel-in-distress; she was a complex woman who did not sit around and depend on others for rescuing, although that didn’t stop her from doing what she could to help them help her. The format of the chapters was also appealing. Each chapter began with a flashback to Cam and Sophia’s prior relationship, which provided more insight into both characters.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars.
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