Veteran actress Teri Clark Linden performs this story of the smart, sexy female who heads the forensics department of LVPD. Linden maintains a sassy command of the myriad voices and eccentric characters that a listener would expect to make their way through the criminal justice system of Sin City. This is a hot, gripping, and sometimes graphic listen whose contents are somewhat belied by the book's cutesy, feminine cover.
For Chicago Thomas, aka Windy, it was an offer too good to refuse: the chance to head the forensics lab at the Las Vegas Police Department. With her six-year-old daughter in tow, Windy moves to Sin City hoping to start over with a loving fiance - far from the sad memories of a first marriage that ended in tragedy. But the job of her dreams is about to take a nightmarish turn.
She wanted to be a good girl....
Though the first murders appear to be random, they are savage in their intensity: an entire family, butchered in their own home. Only a few days later, another family meets the same grisly fate. To Ash Leighton, the enigmatic chief of the Metro Violent Crime Unit, the signs are clear: a serial killer is stalking Las Vegas.
But she just couldn’t help herself....
In a breathless race against time, the lines between good and bad, right and wrong, begin to blur, and Windy and Ash find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. In a town where nothing is what it seems, only the evidence doesn't lie. And Windy may have to pay for the truth with her life. Sometimes being good is dangerous.
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By Jane on 18-11-13
Well done for a mystery-suspense-thriller.
The last two hours were edge-of-your-seat-could-not-stop-reading.
Windy (female) is the main character forensics expert. She reminded me of Sherlock Holmes in a couple scenes. Her observations impressed me. There were a lot of good ideas in the clues and ways of solving of the mystery. There was a red herring and I was ok with that.
I like third person. We are inside the killer’s head but we don’t know who the killer is until the last quarter of the book.
A negative for some readers is harm to children. Charles does horrible things to his wife and stepson. The killer gets a mother to do what the killer wants by holding a knife to her children. Another mother is terrified as the killer threatens her daughter. Harm to children is a guaranteed way to make readers feel terror, hurt, pain, fear.... but I’d rather not read about it. Some back story showing abuse to a child causing the child to become a killer is ok, but there was a lot more than that which bothered me. If you’re ok with that, it’s an excellent book for mystery lovers. The crimes are graphic and gory - if that is a concern.
Some things were not answered and I wanted to know.
1. The killer captured character A. Character B shows up which saves A’s life. The author never said how character B knew where to go and when.
2. One character C changed their name. How did C do that, when, and why? Some characters knew C’s old name and I assume the new name. How was that working?
3. What ever happened to Charles?
There is a happy ending. And toward the end a romantic relationship occurs, but it is a minor part of the story. This is not for romance readers because not enough is done with that relationship.
The cover is a bad mismatch. It looks like chick lit. It should be changed to something dark and serious.
The narrator Teri Clark Linden was very good. I didn’t notice her which means I wasn’t thinking about her and taken out of the story.
Genre: mystery suspense thriller
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