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Strong Woman Sheriff vs. Psychopathic Killer!
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2020
Even better than Book 1, Melinda Leigh's storytelling creates a fully developed serial murder procedural, surrounded by well-developed characters with too many bodies and the likelihood of more! Wow!
Newly appointed Sheriff, Bree Taggert, is back with her feisty approach as she struggles to restructure and improve her department, against the resentments and hidden anger of longterm and disgruntled deputies. Who can she trust? Who wants to ensure she fails?
Fortunately, Bree has a few supportive friends and family that add depth and a human touch to the storyline, while a brutal serial killings stalks new victims and those getting in the way. I also enjoyed how the animal personalities played important roles in the story.
Once started, it was hard to put down. Glad I had a personal day to finish this satisfying thriller quickly. The author masterfully builds the plotline around that wake of a killer's past brutal murders and the list of next victims, only adding to the growing tensions of murders in a small community.
This suspenseful read is made more enjoyable and engaging as we learn to know the many well-defined personalities and their ongoing subplots. The contrast between "normal" life and the tragic killings that Bree must encounter every day adds a believable reality that makes the reading experience worthwhile.
Although this second installment in the series could be read first, or as a standalone read, I'm glad I read it in order because of several overlapping characters and storyline elements.
The Audible narration also was effective and added just enough dramatic flair to enliven the reading even more.
I was not disappointed with this addition, and appreciate more Melinda Leigh's writing skills in her later well-crafted novels. I definitely will complete this series.
Although this book has significantly fewer foul language issues than earlier works, I hope the author continues to reduce these unnecessary explicatives from future novels because of her stronger narratives and lively dialogues.