Genres: Romance, Thriller
Published by Crimson Rose on December 5, 2012
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Catherine McCoy is on the run. For the past year, she’s been on the move, hiding the secrets and guilt in her heart. When she lands in small-town Texas and meets Sheriff Matt Ballard, he ignites a flame she thought she lost forever.
Matt has scars of his own. He left the big city after an undercover operation went bad and his partner was killed. Now, as Matt hunts for a serial killer who paints his victims’ faces like porcelain dolls, Catherine becomes a safe-haven for him. Two tortured souls finding comfort in each other’s arms – until he uncovers her secret, and their bond of trust is broken.
When Catherine disappears, Matt races to find her, fearing the murderer has found his next green-eyed doll. But the killer has a surprise coming. Catherine will fight to the death before she’ll be a victim again. But will her determination be enough?
I’m going to come right out and say it: serial killers fascinate me. Not in a way that I’m cheering them on (Unless that serial killer happens to be named “Dexter Morgan”) but that the psychology behind them is an endless maze of intrigue to me. Which is why I immediately requested to read this book.
The book begins with a look inside the killer’s thoughts as he revisits his childhood home (a trailer out in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Texas) after his mother (a woman who should never have been allowed to procreate) has died. He’s remembering his abusive childhood and the green-eyed doll that he used to look out a crack in the door to as he was locked in the closet – the thing that helped him escape his reality as a child. When he finds that his mother, in a last attempt to hurt him, has removed the doll, whatever small bit of sanity he had left cracks and flies right out the window.
Enter in Catherine, a woman on the run from her past, who is stopped as she’s driving into Butte Crest, Texas, by the Sheriff Matt Ballard, also, in his own way, running from his past. They both harbor secrets and self-inflicted guilt… but it’s these secrets that have led them to each other.
The Serial Killer paints his victims up like the green-eyed doll that he loved so much as a child as a way to have his own doll. While he’s smart about most of what he does, he also has that twisted mentality that if a woman smiles at him (even as a waitress because that’s her job), she must want him. And if she has green-eyes… well… she was meant to be his. Go figure, Catherine has green eyes.
Thus begins a fascinating story that I couldn’t put down.
Jerrie Alexander writes a magnificent tale of intrigue, murder, mystery, romance, suspense and amusement. There’s not just one bad-guy, and, as, with all great characters, all of them are three-dimensional, able to waver on the good and bad side. And you’re able to relate to them, even the bad guys – and that’s what a great author does.
The book is well-rounded with all the aforementioned aspects that have you continuously turning the pages as fast as you can. Jerrie Alexander won the Golden Pen award in 2010 for this book and it was (and is) well deserved. I very much look forward to reading her other books as soon as possible!
Rating: 5 Flowers, Sensuality Rating: 3 Flames