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on 9 July 2008
When ex-FBI agent Sloan is asked to investigate the disappearance of her old childhood friend Penny she inadvertently needs to involve the case agent at the time. When Sloan sets up a meeting with him it is in the very moment that their eyes find each other that old emotions erupt. But Derek and Sloan have other things to deal with if they want to get anywhere with the case at hand.

There is a missing report of Penny to check out, including the almost nonexistent leads from the initial investigation. Their meeting is short and bittersweet but Sloan is determent to be completely focused on the job which she's set out to do. It is with the uncover of a few new leads and information that Derek and Sloan find out that this missing report is much bigger and entails much more than just a woman who wanted a new start in life...or so they thought at the time.

With a mystery to solve that reaches further than either of them thought it is the fact of their proximity to each other that ignites a heat that gives a different kind of mystery to unravel.

That of each other's heart....

With the novel Twisted the author demonstrates a vast knowledge of the FBI and local police force which thoroughly sets up the foundation for Sloan and Derek to shine upon. Moreover, it adds a life-like feel to the process of investigation. I for one appreciated the effort to add a chart of hierarchy in departments and definition of the terms. It is with Sloan that you get to know the center of this novel. She is tough as nails, loyal to those she cares about and has a passion for her job. Though her injury to her hand kept her from returning to the FBI she isn't a woman to let that stop her from doing what she loves most, solving crime. With the request of Penny's mother, Sloan initiates a further investigation of Penny's case and this is where the suspense and mystery commences. It is with a well crafted plot that Andrea Kane held me captivated as each chapter started with a glimpse of the thoughts and feelings from a person who is possessed by a darker side. The combination of that glimpse and the story of Sloan and Derek trying to discover it all kept Twisted such an exhilarating read, the various perspectives enhanced to complete feel of the story.

Sloan and Derek are both strong minded individuals and this gives a sizzle and sparkle born from the very essence of their nature. You can feel from every moment spent between them that their feelings are far from over. Their sparkle combusted in the bedroom, hot, scorching, demanding and in the end is so defining for both their characters. I loved reading their brisk, almost no-nonsense interaction. They feel intense, live intense and live according to their rules which gave a dynamic chemistry many readers enjoy between the main characters and so did I. Because they share a history together it provides for certain struggles between them personally but also gives the story a more spine chilling effect as it is. Without revealing too much of the plot I feel that the author kept adding layers and depth in to the story as your mind is taken one direction, the truth catches you by surprise from another.

The author painted a convincing picture of a distorted evil that is step by step revealed in its true shape and form but still manages to make me feel during a certain breaking point. There are many well fleshed out secondary characters ranging from co-workers, to campus staff, certain neighbors and students. And of course, not to forget three dachshunds with attitude: Moe, Curly & Larry. They all lead this story to a riveting conclusion, and though at first it took a bit of effort to get into the use of the terms, I was quickly wrapped up in Sloan's world and case making me flip the pages rapidly. With that I have all the ingredients I need for a romance- suspense novel that will provide with chills, thrills and a passionate love story!

Andrea Kane with her latest novel Twisted, has written a chilling romance-suspense novel that nurtures a well crafted plot, creates an atmospheric feel of danger and takes you in to the mind of a twisted person whom is on the hunt for its Goddesses'.

Reviewed by Leontine
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not just anyone could gain access to the FBI's top-secret Quantico facility but best-selling author Andrea Kane could and did. When you read Twisted, you'll believe you're there with her every fascinating, grueling, shocking step of the way.

Dare you to put this book down after reading the following opener: "She was a true warrior. Even the weapon hadn't been enough to make her submit. Not like the others. Not until she'd felt the prick of the blade, sensed drops of her own blood........"

From the start we know that Kane has created one of the most frightening psychopaths of recent memory. Who is he? Why is he committing this heinous act? Will there be another?

To answer these questions Kane introduces Sloane Burbank, a former FBI agent. She left the Bureau to work as a negotiator after a stab wound deprived her of the use of one hand. Although her current schedule is packed Sloane immediately responds when she receives a call from the parents of a childhood friend, Penny Truman, who went missing some time ago. Penny's father is a renowned cardiologist, so he would have been prime for extortion but no such attempt was ever made.

Sloane's ex partner in the Cleveland office and former lover, Derek Parker, is the FBI agent in charge of Penny's case. He's busy elsewhere hoping to catch a man, Chen, also known as "Little Dragon." Three women have been slain in a similar manner - the only clue is that they all worked at Fukienese brothels which has been linked to Chen. Derek considers Penny's disappearance a nowhere to go case.

Nonetheless, Sloane prevails upon him to help her ( thus author Kane can show her skill at describing unresolved feelings between the two of them).

It soon becomes clear that Penny's disappearance may have been due to the machinations of the same killer responsible for the deaths of the prostitutes. As some of the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit it appears that Sloane is to be the next victim.

With traces of romance and an intriguing plot reinforced by assiduous research Kane has fashioned a chilling can't-put-down thriller.

- Gail Cooke
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on 16 January 2013
I don't often read crime novels by female authors, as unfairly I have always preferred male authors. However, Twisted by Andrea Kane has been both a revelation and a "wake up call" to me, a truly enjoyable top notch crime thriller. The story revolves around Sloane Burbank, an ex FBI agent, who when one of her childhood friends disappears agrees to help in the search for answers. She is helped in her endeavours by ex boyfriend and FBI agent and all round super sleuth Derek Parker. It soon becomes clear that a number of girls of a similar age have gone missing or have they been murdered...can Sloane and Derek save the day :) The story is finely balanced between the work of the police/FBI, the somewhat explosive relationship of Sloane and Clarke and the twisted mind of a tormented killer whose intentions and motive become clear as the story progresses. Can Sloan i.d the killer, find her missing old school friend and in so doing discover the fate of all the remaining missing girls. I thought the style of writing and the detailed discipline kept pace, and never lost the readers attention as exemplified below......
"Soon. The demons will demand it. There will be no shame in the pleasure I take. Not with her. I'l revel in the terror in her eyes when I have her. When she realizes it's me. When she finally comprehends that there's no escape. That my violation of her unworthy body is only the nightmarish beginning. That she's going to die. That her death will be prolonged, and preceded by unendurable suffering." The style of writing here with short taut sentences really adds to the overall quality of the storytelling. Some readers might argue that the ending has a predictable feel but I felt as a whole the book was superbly written, the interplay between the characters first class ( if at times exhausting..can you really live life at this pace!) and the "killer" horrific in both his manner and the way he hope to carry out and accomplish his evil intentions.
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on 15 November 2011
If you like crime and romantic suspense for your entertainment, you'll enjoy this. This author knows how to build up her story, and her characters too, over the length of the novel. She kept me interested throughout.
It's the first of her novels that I've read, and I now see she wrote many before it. This surprises me. I had thought maybe she couldn't afford proof reading. A couple typos and one howler of a continuity problem should have been caught. (`Yesterday' versus `today'.) Her grammar is not great. The story is told in two voices, and in the second, which is mostly that of the criminal, her verb tenses are all over the place. She uses several words incorrectly. It appears to me, mostly words sounding like what she meant but not quite the word she was looking for.
Near the end she has a computer do something extremely unlikely; that was the only aspect of the plot I disliked. For all these distractions, I loved the novel enough to write this in the hopes that her she or publisher will hear me and do something about correcting her English.
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