Series: Nightwatcher #3
Published by HarperCollins on January 29, 2013
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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From the New York Times bestselling author comes a novel of suspense so terrifying it may make you afraid of the dark . . .
Allison Taylor MacKenna feels as though she's awakened at last from a ten-year-long nightmare. But her darkest hour has yet to come . . .
Nestled in the warm, domestic cocoon of loving husband and family, Allison finally feels safe—unaware that a stranger's brutal murder on a Caribbean island is the first step in an intricate plan to destroy everything in her life.
For seasoned NYPD Detective Rocky Manzillo, the signs are clear that something terrible has emerged from the shadows: a murder victim left without a face and a faded photograph that yields a startling connection.
Now, as Allison's murky memories of a troubled childhood creep back to light, a cunning predator who shares her history prepares to enact a horrifying retribution— and won't stop killing until Allison faces a shocking truth . . . and pays the ultimate price.
Carrie works at a bar in St. Anthony but has me asking “What is she up to?” That question and the impending answer is what keeps me turning the pages. To add to the mystery; we have an ex-husband, new wife, and kids. Since this is the last of the trilogy, you may want to read the other two books but I felt that the book was alright as a standalone.
This book was written in parts. At the end of part one, Wendy has me wondering what type of character she has created. But this is part of what makes a good mystery. This also has the reader seeing if they can figure out the mystery before the story ends. But Carrie doesn’t appear to be a simple woman – she is a very complex character. At first, I thought Carrie’s story would be something I would see on the Lifetime Movie Network but the more I got into the story the FEARnet on Demand channel would be more of Carrie’s style.
Some of Carrie’s reminiscing gets a little confusing for me and I had to go back and re-read a couple of sections but it didn’t stop me from reading, or liking, the story. Then you come to the part in the story when the title begins to make sense. I’m usually one that loves to read all things romance but I’m glad that I had a chance to expand my horizons a little.
As I continue to read, Wendy happens to mention songs that I grew up listening to. You may want to put on some Cat Stevens, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sjSHazjrWg (I picked this live concert song because he happens to mention Alfred Hitchcock which I thought was apropos), and Harry Chapin, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1xfIwlHIwc, while you read. One thing I didn’t like was the reference of Cat Stevens being ancient – I’m not ancient. Wendy also mentions some scary movies. If that’s your thing, you may want to check them out.
Wendy shows her readers how our childhood can go to forming who we are as adults. How our family is as a unit can do a lot about how we feel about relationships with others. The story is not all scary – Wendy puts in a really funny moment when Carrie’s ex-husband and family take a trip. It just seems to lighten up how dark the story seems to be getting. Then there was another time where if this had been an actual movie I would have been hiding behind the couch (or pillow). But isn’t that what makes a good thriller? (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast).
Rating: 3 Flowers, Sensuality Rating: 1 Flames