Monday, March 14, 2011

Killing Me Softly {Mass Market Paperback]

I've finished "Killing Me Softly" the 1st book in her Secrets of Shadow Falls series by Maggie Shayne.

Product Description

The Nightcap Strangler, who terrorized the town of Shadow Falls sixteen years ago, has finally been executed. Case closed. Until Bryan Kendall's lover is murdered in the notorious killer's unique style and the rookie cop stands accused. Has someone committed the perfect copycat crime…or was the wrong man put to death?

A continent away, Dawn Jones hears that her first love has been accused of murder and knows that only she can help him. But to do so, she'll have to face the very fears that drove them apart.

Together they'll work to uncover secrets someone's willing to kill to keep, and renew a love as dangerous as it is inevitable. And their best lead is the girl found dead in Bryan's bed, reeking of the whiskey poured down her throat before her killer squeezed it shut.

A killer who thinks that Dawn, too, could use one last drink…

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Mira (June 29, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778327930
ISBN-13: 978-0778327936

My Review:
Dawn's father was psychic. When he died five years ago his gifts were passed to Dawn. She began seeing and talking to ghosts, and she couldn't make it stop. So she ran away from Vermont and made a new life for herself in California. She left her teenage sweetheart Bryan. Since then she has been taking tranquilizers and alcohol to stop the ghosts. Bryan became a cop. Nick, another cop, became famous 15 years ago when he caught the Nightcap Strangler, a serial killer. Bryan has been asked to prepare a presentation about Nick for an awards ceremony. It's a secret, and no one is to know that Nick will be honored. So Bryan secretly takes the serial killer police files to study them for his presentation. The serial killer is still out there. An innocent man went to jail. The killer is aware of Bryan taking the files and is worried that he might be caught. So the killer kills Bryan's friend Bette and frames Bryan. Dawn hears about this and comes back to town. She hopes to use her psychic gift to help find the killer.
Wow this book was a real page turner and I highly recommend this series if you like well developed characters and storylines (I've only read this one though there is two more).
I really enjoyed the relationship between Bryan and Dawn because it was really quite believable when they first meet again to the awkwardness to the confession that they love each other and want to be together no matter what.

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