Author: S. B. Redstone
Published: August 2013
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Word Count: approx. 94,000
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Content Warning: Violence and Sexual Content
Recommended Age: 21+
Synopsis: A psychopathic killer on a quest leaves behind a string of brutal murders, and to find the Who, the police must first discover the Why…
Detective Aubrey McKenzie has been assigned to investigate the murders. A lovely, fabulously wealthy, dark-haired Scot, whose iron will was forged in the inferno of human tragedy, Aubrey is stymied by the lack of solid clues. Now she must rely on her paranormal ability to apprehend the killer—an ability that has been invaluable in her police work but has made a disaster of her social life.
Fate teams Aubrey with Detective Joshua Diamond, a handsome, talented, and compassionate man who is more than happy eating a greasy bacon-cheeseburger and wearing clothes that should have been thrown out with the trash. In a race against time, Aubrey and Joshua must overcome their vast differences—and their attraction for each other—and discover the identity of this elusive killer, and the quest this fiend is on, before more lives are destroyed.
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The main character of the book is Aubrey McKenzie, a detective on the police force who has an unusual ability to hear the thoughts of others, and this impedes her from having a normal relationship. Because of that, she puts everything she has into her job, and she's absolutely dedicated. She was well-developed and I loved her sharp wit, and there were several times I found myself smiling at the dialogue, especially hers. Throughout the whole book, I couldn't help but be reminded somewhat of Dr. Temperance Brennan from the TV show Bones. That's the mental image I conjured up as I read the book.
I also liked Detective Joshua Diamond. He and Aubrey are from different worlds, but when they started to work together, I thought there was great chemistry between the two. It was interesting to see how their relationship developed over the course of the novel – both romantically and professionally. If there's ever another book that features these two characters – Diamond and Aubrey, I'd be interested in reading it.
There's plenty of suspense, mystery, and romance in A Sinister Obsession, and I recommend this book to anyone who likes those genres. My rating is 4/5 platypires.
Aubrey quickly pushed the delete button. She hated being reminded of times and dates by her mother, as if she was a forgetful child. It pissed her off.
After taking a hot shower, she slipped into green satin pajamas. Sitting in her entertainment room, watching the late evening news, she sipped 1981 Armagnac Cames Brandy and ate crackers with brie.
Nearing three in the morning, Aubrey turned off the television, and went into bed. In the darkness, she obsessed about the murder case, feeling a rising anger toward this heinous criminal. Her last conscious thought before falling asleep brought a smile to her face. She knew the perp had failed to take one essential factor into consideration before deciding to perpetrate the crime. A factor that he didn’t predict, and in fact, couldn’t have predicted. And that factor would eventually lead her to discover his identity and get a conviction. He didn’t know I’d be assigned to the case!
About the Author
Always having a vivid imagination and a desire to write fiction, I developed my writing skills by becoming a successful writer of short stories, all of which have been published on the web and in print. As an expert in the field of human psychology, I have been able to develop realistic characters from the dark side of human nature where my villains don’t aspire for happiness through personal achievement, but rather from their demented narcissistic schemes. Many of my characters have been taken from my clinical experiences and interesting people I know. I love romance in my stories. It is an essential element in my mystery thriller A Sinister Obsession and horror novel. Now that I am obsessed with writing “senior” romances, it has become further developed and heartfelt. I have two seeking publication at this time. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization and Romance Writers of America.
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