I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Be a Good Girl
As the head of an elite FBI unit, Special Agent Paul Harrison seems to have everything figured out, but beneath the surface, an internal war is raging. When he returns to his rural hometown for the first time in a few years, he’s faced with the memories that led to his losing the love of his life.
Fifteen years ago, Abigail Winthrop’s best friend, and Paul’s girlfriend, was murdered by the infamous serial killer Doctor X. Now an investigative journalist, she’s determined to find the truth. But when Abigail discovers evidence that clears Doctor X, she realizes the real killer is still out there and is striking again when local young girls begin disappearing.
Turning to Paul for help, Abigail joins forces with him. As an undeniable attraction develops between them, they must heal deep wounds from their past—and find a relentless psychopath who could extinguish their hopes for a future together.
If one thing can be said about a Tess Diamond story is that she really knows how to write a believable villain. In Be a Good Girl, the cringe worthy serial killers set the tone and slightly dark edge of the storyline. Those scenes of terror (especially that in the beginning where the reader is right there as the scene unfolds) and danger is evenly rounded out with hints of romance.
Special Agent Paul Harrison’s story is told in this story and suffering a little bit from PTSD from his experiences from book one (Dangerous Games). It was also kind of strange to see him in a new light. In book one he was kind of treated badly by the heroine. His overall sweetness and concern was interesting and his dedication to his job admirable. So, I’m kind of glad that his broken heart leads him back to his first love for a kind of second chance romance situation. He’s more take charge here and not on the backseat to a heroine that is tossing him aside.
But it’s definitely a hard journey for him and his love interest, Abigail who has her own demons to slay. Both returning to the small town that they grew up in and both trying to solve a murder mystery that involves their shared past. Both suffering guilt over the death of their friend, somewhat hinders the relationship growth, but in a way strengthens their bonds as well as the come to find out that they were meant for each other.
Abigail’s second guessing often plays a role in that hindrance.
“Once again, Abby, you are the author of your own destruction.” ~Abigail
The serial killer’s identity was not a shocker, but it was still appalling. So one does get the sense of shock in terms of how the story unfolds. It all ties up nicely in the end with an exciting climax full of danger and Abby kicking butt.
Okay, so there’s no actual name for the series, but the books are intertwined with each other, in terms of the characters.
Do you like suspense/thrillers with just the right hint of romance?