Chloe Marin was lucky. She was just a teenager when a party at a Florida beachside mansion turned into a savage killing spree and she was one of the few to survive. Bloody handwriting on the walls pointed to a cult whose rituals included human sacrifice. Chloe's sketch of one of the killers linked two dead cult members found in the Everglades to the massacre, closing the case as far as the cops are concerned.
Ten years later, Chloe's works as a psychologist specializing in art therapy to help traumatized victims, and on the side she finds release in her passion for the martial arts. Police who hire her as a consultant know she's a literal kick-ass advocate for victims who can't always speak for themselves.
The current disappearance of a young swimsuit model ranks low on the cops' priority list. Everyone assumes the girl has run off for some fun in the sun, instead of getting ready for a photo shoot. Everyone but Chloe, who suspects a killer is using the modeling agency to stalk his prey. When the ghost of the model appears, asking Chloe for help, she knows that she has to do everything she can.
So does Luke Cane, a British ex-cop-turned-PI investigating the disappearance of the model on behalf of her father. Chloe and Luke have trouble trusting each other but they can't help their strong attraction for each other. Luckily, they agree on the important things: someone needs to find those missing girls, and if a few laws have to get bent so lives can be saved, too bad.
When Chloe arrives late for an appointment at the modeling agency, she discovers a gruesome mass murder eerily similar to the one she witnessed a decade ago - and can't help thinking that if she hadn't run late she would have been there when the killer arrived. Ten years ago, she hadn't been convinced the police had identified the real killers and now she's sure of it. The same evil mind is behind the current murders, and she's afraid she's the target....
©2010 Heather Graham Pozzessere (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
This book was good, for the most part. I really wish the female protagonists in Heather's books weren't all the same. The female protagonist in this book is kind of basic in terms of appearance and personality. The pacing in this book is pretty good. Listeners beware of lengthy exposition at the end of the book.
The first book read from this author, enthalling plot which I found exciting to the end. Have downloaded many more from Graham with high expectations.
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