The Lucy Kincaid series was selected as a group read in one of my Goodreads groups and we determined, because of character crossovers, we needed to first read her earlier series in publication order.
When she was just five years old, FBI scientist Olivia St. Martin witnessed her sister’s abduction by a man who subsequently murdered her. It completely reshaped her life, including her career choice. Now, recent DNA tests reveal that the man she helped convict was not the murderer and she’s determined to help find the actual killer. Her analysis takes her to Seattle where the most recent child victim was found and appears to be the work of the same person. However, she’s allowing Detective Zack Travis to believe she’s a field agent in order to help with the case.
This was a tough story as it involves the sexual assault and murder of children, always rough, but thankfully the author chose to handle the details sensitively and without a lot of graphics. Olivia’s story is sad but she’s become an expert in forensic science and her research significantly helped the Seattle Police Department target the right person, sift through relevant clues and stay focused on key leads. I found the investigation chilling and the procedurals highly interesting. Olivia’s developing relationship with Zack was the weak link here as their romance just didn’t ring authentic as it ramped up too quickly and his later reaction to her duplicity felt contrived.
Despite my issues with the romantic element, I very much enjoyed the story as it moved rapidly and had multiple points of view, including the killer’s, which always heightens the tension. This was a really good series and I’m looking forward to the next connected one by this author.
- Release Date: February 28, 2006
- Series: Predatory Trilogy #3
- Page Numbers: 416
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
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