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At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.
Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game. Only one girl survived. With the Shark now bent on evening that score, Clay has a chilling suspicion: Riley is the girl who escaped the Shark’s deadly amusement—and she is his next prey.
As the Shark gets ready to play his hand, can Riley and Clay stop him—or will this killer finally claim the one who got away?
This book was GREAT! I haven't read a whole lot of women-led, serial killer genre books that really and truly hooked me, but this was so good! There was plenty of information to really get into it, without it becoming bogged down in details. The characters were engaging and fun to get to know, and the general flow of the story was spot on.
While I had already guessed who the other player was, it was still intense to see Riley when she found out, and everything just fell right into place. There was romance in the book, but it happened without taking over the story or overshadowing anything. Amazing. I will DEFINITELY be continuing on with this series, and if you like this genre of books, I think you will, too.
The narrator was good, too, though I feel like a female/male duo might have been more suited to this particular story. Still though, she did a really good job!
Overall, Bob says: 4 Platypires!