Type: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: Sent
A RACE FOR SALVATION
For the past decade, psychologist Erin Sims has been helping victims of violent crimes move on with life . . . but the one person she can’t save is the one who matters most. In only seven days, her brother will be executed for a murder he didn’t commit. Convinced she knows the identity of the real killer, Erin is determined to find the man and bring him to justice.
A COUNTDOWN TO DESTRUCTION
Sheriff Nick Mann moved to rural Ohio hoping to forget the tragedies of his past. When Erin shows up in town, bringing scandal and unwanted media attention with her, Nick knows she’s trouble. No one believes sleepy Hopewell could harbor a serial killer . . . until residents begin to disappear. Now as Nick untangles the dark secrets plaguing his town, he can’t help falling for the beautiful woman with the warm heart and iron will. And, as the days tick by, the truth becomes clear: Erin is hunting a vicious murderer-one whose only escape is to silence her forever.
I found this book to be well wrote but unable to hold my attention and make me care much about the story line. The romance between Nick and Erin felt almost like an afterthought to the author. There just didn’t seem to be a lot of heat associated with them. While I appreciated the suspense aspect of the book the romance was lacking. I could get behind both of the characters not wanting to get involved but once the characters grew I was hoping they would both show a bit more emotion. Nick for his guilt associated with his role in the murder of his wife and Erin for her preoccupation on her brothers case. I didn’t find there to be enough suspense involving the main characters. Everything hinged on secondary characters which to an extent is fine, but I wanted more danger for Nick and Erin which didn’t happen until towards the books ending.
Nick’s past and his inability to let go of his guilt is what drives him to try to protect Erin from herself. Her need to free her brother from death row has been what has driven her for years and now time has run out. Her brother is days away from death and a short reprieve gives Erin a chance to finally get to the bottom of the case and prove his innocence. Her tenacity years after his conviction was commendable. The clues point to a small town in Ohio and a man who has changed his name in an attempt to hide in plain sight. Though no one has believed her in the past, Nick finds himself not only believing Erins story but becoming an integral part of the investigation that has evidence mounting against town locals.
The killer was extremely methodical and well thought out. I was slightly bummed Brady came right out and said who the killer was because I love being surprised by an ending. I waffled back and forth between several potential killers and was looking forward to a BAM! at the end, but Brady announces the killer about 3/4 of the way through the book. I did enjoy the thought process of the killer and the view from that perspective. The methodology of the murders was just downright creepy and for me, was the best part of the book.
The book is set in Northeastern Ohio…which is fun since I am also in Northeastern Ohio. Even aspects that were set in other parts of the country have tie ins to the area. For instance, Brady calls her fictional Florida county, Starke when in fact the county I live in is Stark. It was fun for me as a local to figure out what was real and what was fictional.
I think this one misses its mark in the romance department but the mystery element was strong enough that I think suspense lovers will enjoy it. I even think it could cross over to readers who might enjoy a suspense without all the romance.
I give Where Angels Rest by Kate Brady 3 stars!