Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dead Ringer

Dead Ringer by Mary Burton ~~

Beside each body, he leaves a simple charm bearing a woman's name. Ruth, Martha, Judith. The victims were strangers to each other, but they have been chosen with the utmost care. Each bears a striking resemblance to Kendall Shaw, a local anchorwoman...each brutally strangled by a madman whose obsession will never end...In front of the cameras, Kendall is the picture of stylish confidence. But at night she's haunted by nightmares in which she is young, alone, and filled with fear. Are these memories - or omens? Despite warnings from Richard Detective Jacob Warwick, Kendall can't stop investigating the recent string of murders. She knows she holds the key to catching an obsessed psychopath - if he doesn't get to her first...The deeper Kendall and Jacob dig into the victims' backgrounds, the more terrifying the discoveries. For from the shadows of the past, a legacy of evil has resurfaced. Every murder, every moment has been leading to Kendall. And this time, nothing will stop the killer making her his final victim...

Mary Burton brings back Kendall Shaw from her last book, I've Been Watching You. When woman who look like Kendall Shaw start showing up dead she makes it her business, as a reporter, to find out the truth. Not only does she butt heads with the lead detective, she's also experiencing nightmares. Glimpse of her past that she can't explain. As Kendall and the detective start to work together to unravel the mystery (and for him to keep Kendall safe) they start working together - only to be horrified at the reasoning behind the murders. With a secret that will rock Kendall to her core. There are several subplots along the way. One of which deals with her boss Brett, that leaves the reader wondering "what's the point". But the in tenseness of the murder scenes and the secrets that Kendall will uncover more than make up for this minor subplot. And as will any romantic suspense book - the quick, but fervent love story will have you wanting more from these characters. A

1 comment:

Becky LeJeune said...

I read Burton's last one, I'm Watching You, and read the blurb about this one. I think it sound great!