When Jess Harris moved back to her Alabama hometown, she thought she'd left her past behind her. But the blood bath the new Major Crimes deputy chief finds at a murder scene is beyond even the savagery of Eric Spears, the serial killer who now haunts Jess's life with terrifying text messages. Amid eerie echoes of the Charles Manson massacre, Jess investigates the dismemberment of a cop's wife while her baby lay sleeping down the hall.I was pretty excited when this series landed on my door. New author, sounds a little twisty. Got the whole romantic suspense thing going on which I love. Yep, perfect for me. It starts out with a crazy intense opening too with a cop's wife being found beheaded and a young boy escaping the killer but after that we had a bit of a rough go for a while. Mainly because this wasn't really a romantic suspense like I was expecting and had more of a cop murder mystery feel that was way way way light on the romance and the suspense.
The discovery of two more headless victims makes Jess wonder if it's a gang-related slaying, a personal vendetta . . . or something else. And the sudden reappearance of her ex-husband makes her question her future with Chief of Police Dan Burnett. Now as the net widens to include a shocking suspect, Jess realizes that the identity of the killer may lie with an autistic eight-year-old boy. With inner-city tensions at an all-time high and the community calling for blood, Jess must race to save an innocent child-and prevent a final, horrifying act of rage.
Type: "Romantic Suspense" but really cop murder mystery
Heat: 0.5 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Webb did win me over to her non-nonsense heroine, Jess, though. She's an older heroine at 42 and she's just moved back home to become the deputy chief and not only is she dealing with a murder case but with a serial killer from a previous case taunting her AND dealing will all that territorial crap the local cops are feeling with having an "outsider" in charge. So she's got a lot on her plate. She's smart, determined, goes with her gut and does what's right even when it's something that'll make her life harder in the future. And I really liked that about her.
I really did enjoy Webb's writing and watching the murder case unfold. It's gruesome and has enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. One of the best aspects of the story was the witness...a young boy with autism. Webb did a fantastic job with his character and letting you see inside his head and how he processed everything he went through. I'm not usually a fan of kids in books but Webb had me wanting more of him. Impressive feat.
Overall, I liked Rage. It took me a little while to get into the story but I enjoyed the characters once I got to know them and by the halfway point was hooked on the storyline. I would have liked to see more of the "romance" between her and her boss (who was kinda yummy) though. The two have known each other for decades and he has a thing for wanting to protect her. Definitely want to see more of him in the future. I'm curious to go back now and see what the other books in the series hold and if they'll fall more into the romantic suspense category or if they'll be more murder mystery.
We've got a complete print set of the first 4 books in the series up for grabs today.
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