Available: February 1, 2011
“I don’t plan to kill you… unless, of course, you force me to.”
Late-night radio show psychologist Rain Sommers is used to the crazies who call in to rage from the back alleys of the French Quarter and the shadows of the bayou. But one caller’s chilling obsession with her and her long-ago murdered mother – an iconic singer beloved among the city’s Goth community – has even the jaded Rain running scared as a sadistic serial killer known as the Vampire prowls New Orleans.
FBI agent Trevor Rivette is convinced her midnight caller and the killer are one and the same. As it becomes disturbingly clear that the Vampire has a sick bloodlust only Rain can satisfy, she allows Trevor to get closer and closer. But he soon discovers that his secretive past and troubled present are intertwined – and that he may die trying to keep Rain’s fate out of a madman’s control.
I enjoyed this book. When I take a step away from paranormal romance I tend to end up with romantic suspense. I need an evil, sadistic killer in my books. Midnight Caller definitely gave me my killer AND there was a hint of paranormal…or at least the prospect of one.
The story centers around Rain Sommers (yeah I know cliché). Rain is a trained psychologist that has been working on a late night radio talk show centered around troubled youths. I really liked her character. She was smart and able to deal with the unexpected, even those that were way out of her comfort zone. She also had her own unique quirks that made her seem human. Though the reason behind her quirk could have been slightly more interesting.
When bodies start piling up across the country, the FBI sends in Trevor Rivette to take the killer down. The chase leads him back to New Orleans, where he grew up and experienced his own painful, secret filled youth. Being from an abusive home has left him totally shut off from his emotions and siblings. New Orleans is the last place he wants to be. The memories simply are too painful for him to remember. Trevors character was way more flawed then your usual male lead. His childhood is riddled with bruises and broken bones. However, he is strong, smart and oh so sexy. We all know how much I love a protective man….
When Rain is threatened on air and then attacked in her home, Trevor feels the overwhelming urge to protect her. The leads in the case are few and far between and Rain could have anyone stalking her. Being the daughter of a famous singer that was murdered has thrust her unwillingly into the spotlight her entire life. The cause of death in this string of murders the same as her mothers, slit throat, with the murderers signature, bound by a rosary as a additional calling card.
As Trevor and Rain get closer, the murderer will stop at nothing to claim what he feels is his. Rain. His thirst for blood won’t stop until her gets her.
Overall this book was really good. I *think* this may be Leslie’s first book. The book itself was a good-sized read, or maybe it just felt that way because it had 50 chapters and I was reading on my Kindle. I dunno. But the pacing was really well done, I wasn’t bored reading it. I would say though that I wasn’t ready for the killer to become known quite so early in the book. I believe it was right around the half way mark. I usually prefer for the killer to be a surprise at the end so that I have a better chance of putting the pieces together myself. I think trying to come to the conclusions on my own.
The other thing that bugged me was really just a pet peeve of mine. Twice in the book Leslie points out the race of two characters. One character had a decent part in the book but was by no means a main character. The other character had a line, maybe two. It bugged me that race would even matter. Though I totally understand she was just trying to get her image across…I felt it could have simply been left to the imagination of the reader. If it doesn’t play a integral part to the plot or direction of the story, I see no reason to pinpoint race. But again, that’s just a pet peeve of mine and it in no way took away from the story as a whole.
The twists and turns in this book will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing what will happen next. The secondary characters of Trevors siblings are extremely well wrote and keep the story going while also engaging you in their own struggles. The multiple devious characters give the story a multi layered feeling…evil at every turn, each with a different face.
I am giving Midnight Caller 3.25 stars. Midnight Caller will take you into the depths of the bayou and the twisted mind of a killer bent on re-playing his past.