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Synopsis: Fear grips a town in Colorado as a murderer targets entire families in their own homes. As police and the FBI struggle to contain the situation, they bring in forensic investigator and serial killer expert Darby McCormick. What she finds is a brutal and elusive predator who stays one step ahead of their investigation.

As Darby navigates the blood-ties and broken promises that divide the locals, she knows that all the while the killer is watching, waiting and circling his next target: her.
She must not only meet evil—and somehow survive—but also be prepared to face this small town’s dark heart …

Me: – This is the 5th book featuring Darby McCormick but the first one I have read. I don’t think that mattered in this case. While it did allude to some previous events the book worked well as a stand alone.

I really wasn’t sure about it to start. Maybe if I had read the first four books I’d have more understanding and liked the central characters a  bit more but they did grow on me as the book progressed. One thing I didn’t quite understand is what Darby actually does? Mostly she disobeyed orders, went off on her own despite threats to her safety and got (apparently not for the first time) kidnapped. Finding out the who-dunnit seemed to be mostly by accident rather than any real sleuthing.

That said I liked the twists and there were plenty of them to go round. The story was fast paced, chapters fairly short (always a plus point) and the story did get a lot better as it went on. Not sure I would want to pay full price for it but as a charity shop bargain it was well worth the money

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