Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it's her job to aid the agent leading the case - even if that agent is her estranged husband.
At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum's past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards. Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley's old flame, is Shield Security's newest member. He's plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game.
"not as good as her other books"
When police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she's been held captive for days, they tell her she's a lucky girl. Compared to the rest of her family, it's true. But even with their killer dead of an overdose, Jenna is still trying to find peace 25 years later.
"good but not great"
At first, they struggle to escape. Then a torrent of blows rains down upon their bodies until their eyes cloud over in final agony. The killer shows no remorse - just a twisted need to witness each victim's last terrified moments. Public defender Rachel Wainwright is struggling to reopen a decades-old case, convinced that the wrong man is in prison. Homicide detective Deke Morgan doesn't want to agree.
"Great Mystery Romance"
It's been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared. Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back....
"Needed a stronger heroine"
He promised to kill her. One night four years ago, Leah Carson's husband almost succeeded. Philip stabbed her 23 times before fleeing. The police are sure he's dead. But fear won't let Leah believe it.
"Nice but predictable twist at the end"
The broken body hanging from a tree in Texas Hill Country...the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker...only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning.... One devastating moment changed Greer Templeton's life and ended two others. Now, with a body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer's nightmare has returned. With each new victim, her link to Tec's case grows, and soon it will be too late to run.
Three went in; one came out. For five years, no trace has been found of two high-school friends who went hiking in the woods near Nashville. The third teen, Amber Ryder, was discovered at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, head trauma - and zero memory of the horror that put her there.
"couldn't finish. narration was terrible."
Even behind bars, serial killer Harvey Day Smith exudes menace. Psychologist Jolene Granger has agreed to hear his dying confession, vowing not to let the monster inside her head. And Harvey has secrets to share - about bodies that were never found, and about the apprentice who is continuing his grisly work.... He buries his victims alive the way his mentor Harvey did, relishing their final screams as the earth rains down. And as one last gift to the only father he knew, he'll make the most perfect kill of all.
"Struggled to finish but it was ok"
In death, they are purified. Holding his victims under water, he washes away their sins as they struggle for their last breath. Then he stakes their bodies to the ground, exposing them for what they really are: witches. No one knows about defence attorney Charlotte Wellington's murdered sister, or about her childhood spent with the carnival that's just arrived in town. For Charlotte, what's past is past. But others don't agree. And as a madman's body count rises, she and Detective Daniel Rokov are drawn into a mission that's become terrifyingly personal.
"If you like Karen Rose, this book is for you!!"
Murder is not a one-size-fits-all crime. People kill for many reasons. Revenge. Jealously. Hate. Even love. Officer Georgia Morgan with the Nashville Police Department Forensics Unit didn’t generally care about motivation behind a killing. That was big picture. She cared about the micro picture: hair fibers, fingerprints, DNA, and all the other minute details that proved guilt or innocence. Homicide Detective Jake Bishop was her opposite.
Der Wahnsinn lauert im Verborgenen: Am Ufer eines Flusses wird die erdrosselte Leiche einer Frau gefunden. Detective Jacob Warwick übernimmt den Fall, doch die Ermittlungen führen ins Leere. Erst als weitere Leichen auftauchen, erkennt er ein Muster: Alle Opfer weisen eine überraschend große Ähnlichkeit mit der Fernsehreporterin Kendall Shaw auf. Diese lässt sich jedoch nicht beeindrucken und berichtet weiter über die Mordserie.
Er ist näher, als du denkst... Vor einem Frauenhaus in Virginia wird eine Leiche entdeckt. Es handelt sich um einen stadtbekannten Anwalt, der seine Ehefrau misshandelt hat. Wurde er ein Opfer ihrer Rache? Doch dann schlägt der Killer erneut zu - und als die Leiterin des Frauenhauses, Lindsay O'Neil, morbide Souvenirs seiner Taten erhält, wird deutlich: Der Killer kennt die Geheimnisse ihrer düsteren .