We watch as Josh Bandeaux slowly bleeds to death in his home office where at the last minute he recognizes his killer. The next morning, his estranged wife Caitlyn Montgomery Bandeaux wakes to a horrifying scene. Blood is everywhere…on the bed, the walls and in her bathroom. None of it appears to be hers and there’s no one else around, dead or alive. Unfortunately, she has strange visions of seeing Josh slumped in his office but has no memory of the night before. When Savannah Police Detectives Pierce Reed and Sylvie Morrisette examine the scene, it’s unclear as to whether it’s a suicide or murder. However, Reed’s pretty certain Josh didn’t kill himself and his wife is his prime suspect.
There’s all sorts of crazy sauce in this story and Caitlyn tops the list. It becomes clear early on that she’s got some serious issues with what’s real or not but she’s not alone. She’s a member of the wealthy Montgomery clan and they’re all kinds of nutty. Then enter Adam Hunt, a psychologist connected to Caitlyn’s former psychiatrist who has left town. He takes Caitlyn on as a client but struggles with inappropriate feelings towards her, even as he’s pursuing a private agenda. In the meantime, other people connected to the Montgomerys are turning up dead or missing.
The reader knows a demented serial killer is in the midst but not his/her identity and no one else seems to connect the dots. The first half of this too long story was incredibly difficult to power through, laden with meaningless information and descriptions of mundane stuff. If not being a group read, I probably would have abandoned the book. However, the second half was much more interesting as the mystery element had me hooked. I didn’t even come close to guessing the identity of the killer and fell prey to some clever misdirection. It saved a book that could have been told in about 100 fewer pages with a romance that was an epic fail for me.
- Release Date: March 1, 2003
- Series: Savannah #1
- Page Numbers: 464
- Publisher: Zebra