Sometimes the past can haunt you...
Eighteen years ago, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine's best friend Cassie Byers disappeared, the third in a series of unsolved abductions. Only a macabre nursery rhyme was left at the scene, a nursery rhyme that claimed Evelyn was also an intended victim. Now, after all these years of silence, another girl has gone missing in South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. But is Cassie's abductor really back, or is there a copycat at work?
Sometimes the past is best forgotten.
Evelyn has waited 18 years for a chance to investigate, but when she returns to Rose Bay, she finds a dark side to the seemingly idyllic town. As the place erupts in violence and the kidnapper strikes again, Evelyn knows this is her last chance. If she doesn't figure out what happened to Cassie 18 years ago, it may be Evelyn's turn to vanish without a trace.
©2015 Elizabeth Heiter (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The heroine is supposed to be a profiler for the FBI. She has no skills, breaks the law, messes up the investigations, has frequent emotional breakdowns, and she is an insult to women. There are numerous police officers, firemen, undercover agents, etc that are women who are able to perform at the same expertise as their male counterparts. This woman behaves like she really has permanent PMS. I am a woman who worked with domestic violence and child abuse and mental health issues. The supposed profiling shows the author knows very little about people and behavioral sciences. I did not know this was a Harlequin Romance Novel or I would not have read it.
this book follows the formula to a T, and is entirely predictable from start to finish. Plus the lifetime non stop anguishing. over the loss of a childhood friend is sooo overdone, that it's annoying and tiresome. Personally, I dislike stories that portray women characters as rash and incompetent, and always needing their lover to come to the rescue. Once is bad enough, but 3 times is insulting and over done. This "heroine" is not only defined a weak, but also a not to bright screwup Shame on you Elizabeth Heiter. However, it does take up your airport layover time, and you won't need to worry about distractions causing you to miss anything. either, because you'll be miles ahead of this yarn. Yawn.
Small quibbles about Evelyn continuing to go into dangerous situations without backup, etc. but premise was unique enough to hold my interest. The veteran local cop was rather heavy handed, but he had a reason for the obvious chip on his shoulder trying to live up to his father's history. Likable partner and boyfriend, not the same men. Boss was a caricature but played minor role.
I liked the narrator. I'm not sure why but I could only listen at 1.25 speed rather than my usual 1.5 speed. Not a complaint, just an observation.
Have already bought the next book and look forward to getting to it in the future.
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