Detective D. D. Warren is revisiting the latest crime scene of an apparent serial killer who’s been named the Rose Killer. It’s late at night and she’s alone, or so she thought. When she realizes someone else is in the house, she stumbles and falls down a flight of stairs but not before firing off several shots. She now has no memory of the events leading up to the fall and she’s recovering from a serious injury to her shoulder. Though she’s sidelined, Warren can’t help but stay connected to the case and is allowed to as a “consultant.” Unfortunately, she’s now captured the attention of the killer who wants to draw her in as a potential victim.
This is one of the more creepy, sinister stories of the series. The Rose Killer is a copycat version of another killer who died many years ago but his two daughters are alive. The oldest, Shana Day, is locked up in prison for murdering a young boy when she was 14-years old. The youngest, Dr. Adeline Glen was adopted by a psychologist and is now D. D.’s pain therapist. There’s a twist there, too, and the connections were hard to ignore. I could never determine if they were red herrings or substantive leads in the investigation.
I was oddly hooked to this often brutal and gruesome story but the storytelling in this series is always compelling. The revelation of the killer and plot was a surprise but also not…I can’t adequately explain that contradiction. The ending was spectacular and the only one it could be. Kirsten Potter narrates it so well and I’m totally committed to always listening to this series because of her performances. This one was uncomfortably fascinating.
- Release Date: January 7, 2014
- Series: Detective D. D. Warren #7
- Narrator: Kirsten Potter
- Audio Length: 12 hours, 46 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio