2012: #49 – Afraid to Die (Lisa Jackson)

Title: Afraid To Die
Author: Lisa Jackson
Series: Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli #04
Format: Paperback
Pages:  484
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Zebra – Kensington
Source: ARC via LibraryThing

Others may dread the chill of winter, but he relishes it. The way the frigid water preserves his victims, the feel of their icy skin beneath his fingers…And soon the world will see their beauty – and his vengeance. The town of Grizzly Falls is on edge in the wake of a serial killer, and Detective Selena Alvarez is no exception. That case was solved, but a new nightmare is about to unfold. There are two victims so far – their bodies found frozen solid and deliberately displayed. Both are women she knew. And each wears a piece of Selena’s jewelry. Selena’s partner, Detective Regan Pescoli, and the entire department are on the case, as is P.I. Dylan O’Keefe – a man Selena got too close to once before. But this killer already knows too much about Selena’s secret terror, her flaws, and the past she’s tried to outrun. And soon he’ll show her that she has every reason to be afraid.

My thoughts:

This was enjoyable. I haven’t read the other books of the series, but there’s enough background to give you the gist of things. I do find it a little odd that serial killers keep ending up in this tiny Montana town during the holidays, but it wouldn’t be the first fictional location to see more than its share of strangeness. I found the tie to Selena’s past to be interesting, and the killer’s methods compelling. Also, the author does a nice job of using the weather and terrain to her favor. So, nothing exciting, but not a bad read with a satisfying bit of romance.

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Other reviews:

  • “This is a tense, suspenseful tale of death and destruction that features more than one bad guy.  It’ll keep you in your seat as you keep reading to see who wins in this game of cat and mouse…”Journey of a Bookseller
  • “A strange twist on murder, this mystery kept me guessing who the perpetrator was until the very end.”On the Bookshelf

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