Fiona is an artist who draws pictures of criminals by interviewing victims and witnesses. The FBI uses her as much as possible because she is better than anyone else - she has a psychic intuition for this. She teaches college art classes and is painting pictures for a first gallery showing. She wants to stop working on FBI cases because they take tremendous energy and haunt her. But when she hears about new victims, she can't say no, she needs to help. Jack is a police chief in a small Texas town. He has a hunch that a recent local murder is linked to another attempted murder from 11 years earlier. He talks Fiona into helping him by interviewing Lucy, the victim from 11 years earlier and drawing a picture of Lucy's attacker. Fiona senses a relationship between Lucy and Jack. Most of the book is about the serial killer Jack is after. A lesser amount of time is spent with the FBI hunting another serial killer Fiona helped with.
Many mysteries spend too much time on the mystery and not enough time developing a romantic relationship for me. But not so here. I loved the time spent developing the relationship, which was not predictable. My one complaint is that I wanted an epilogue to clarify who the bad guys were, why they did what they did, and how and why two of them were connected with each other. I also wanted to know what sentencing/jail time would happen. But even though I didn't get all my answers, it was still a great way to spend my time.
Story length: 371 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 10. Setting: current day Austin and Graingerville, Texas. Copyright: 2007. Genre: romantic mystery suspense.
Laura's books can be read as stand alones, but I recommend reading book 1 before 2, and reading book 3 before 4. Characters and events are introduced in books 1 and 3 which continue into the sequels. Besides, I think books 1 and 3 were slightly better than their sequels.
The Borderline Series:
4 stars. Book 1. One Last Breath. Copyrt 2007. Review Date 5-3-09.
3 stars. Book 2. One Wrong Step. Copyrt 2008. Review Date 5-10-09.
The Glass Sisters Series:
5 stars. Book 3. Thread of Fear. Copyrt 2007. Review Date 5-10-09.
4.5 stars. Book 4. Whisper of Warning. Copyrt 2009. Review Date 4-11-09.
The Tracers Trilogy:
4.5 stars. Book 5. Untraceable. Copyrt 2009. Review Date 11-27-09.
CAUTION MINOR SPOILERS:
One of the conversations intrigued me about the characters - when Jack lied to Fiona. She left him because of the lie. But she took him back again. I liked the following (edited). Fiona asks Jack "Do you know what she's talking about? Don't lie." Jack says "No idea. I wouldn't lie to you." Her eyebrows arched. "Going forward," he clarified. "I won't lie to you." Shoot, now what had he done? He'd just made a promise that would be hell to keep. Not that it mattered. She could tell when he was lying anyway.
The ending was not typical with one saying I love you and the other saying it back. In this story, one said it earlier, the other never said it, but at the end clearly showed it with some neat actions. It was different, a twist.