Book #60 was Twisted by Andrea Kane. The back of the book reads:
Who will be next?
Former FBI Special Agent Sloane Burbank survived a life-threatening injury sustained in the line of duty, only to face leaving a job she loves in order to recuperate. As an independent consultant, she now uses her specialized skills to train law enforcement and private organizations in crisis resolution. But when one of her closest childhood friends mysteriously disappears, and the woman’s devastated parents beg for her help, Sloane takes the case—even though her ex-lover Derek Parker is the FBI agent in charge.
Special Agent Derek Parker, now assigned to the Asian Criminal Enterprise Task Force in the FBI’s New York Field Office, has no time to spare for a year-old case he sees as a dead end—especially since it would mean working with a woman he never expected to see again. He’s pursuing the leader of a Chinese gang and trying to solve a series of grisly murders in Chinatown, so he initially offers Sloane the case files and minimal cooperation.
But as more women disappear and others turn up brutally murdered, Derek’s priorities shift, and he and Sloane come to the sickening realization that these random crimes are linked to the same crazed killer. No one can anticipate when he will strike again, but when Sloane becomes the target of the killer’s twisted obsession, it’s clear that his ultimate fantasy is even more psychotic than either of them ever imagined.
First of all, I need to say that I liked the story. I liked Sloane, I liked Derek, I liked their backstory, I liked the concept of the kidnappings. The suspense level was good, the red herring convincing to a point. However, I had some issues with the writing. I didn’t like the soliloquies by the bad guy and the victims. The sex scenes were *awful*… almost clinical (could we find a substitute for "spurted", please?). The entire dialogue between Sloane and the bad guy in the end parts of the book seemed really formal and fake and not like how normal people would speak, at all. Crazy or not. The climax was a little anti-climatic (could it have been any easier for Sloane?). And Greek mythology is such a large part of the book that the title "Twisted" comes off as really generic and uninspired.
But despite all that, the core story is enough for me to want to pick up another Andrea Kane book. So she must have done something right!
Page count: 400 | Approximate word count: 100,000