Review: “Touching Evil” by Kylie Brant

Touching Evil by Kylie BrantA review by Amanda.

Touching Evil begins a few days after the end of Chasing Evil. Mason Vance, the man who kidnapped Dr. Sophia Channing, is behind bars but his accomplice is still out there. Agent Cam Prescott of Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation hasn’t slept much since Sophia was found. He has made himself responsible for her safety and is keeping her in protective custody at his place, fearing that Vance’s unidentified partner may come back to finish the job. They’re right to take precautions, but Sophia isn’t the doctor who catches the partner’s attention… Medical Examiner Lucy Benally is. Cam and Sophia have their work cut out for them as more questions arise and everything turns upside down.

The second book in the Circle of Evil trilogy was even more thrilling than the first. I couldn’t put it away, reading far past my bedtime. Picking up right where book one left off, “Touching Evil” was non-stop action and mystery. I appreciated getting to see Cam and Sophia dealing with the trauma. My biggest issue from the first book, Cam’s sexist attitude, was less obvious this time around. Sophia showed believable signs of being affected by the trauma she had experienced, which is something some authors tend to gloss over. She was still able to function and assist in the investigation, despite Cam’s protests and her fears. Lucy’s background was somewhat of a cliché but still added much-needed depth to her character. The plot had a few surprising twists that I didn’t see coming and the cliffhanger ending has guaranteed that I will read the last book in the trilogy.

 

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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Review: “Chasing Evil” by Kylie Brant

Chasing Evil by Kylie Brant 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.

Chasing Evil is the first book in the trilogy; books two and three Touching Evil and Facing Evil also feature Cam and Sophia in a continuation of the story. All three books are available now.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars.

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