Some quantifying information before I begin my review. I love television programs which have an element of suspense, mystery, etc. A fan of the Law and Order's, CSI's, Hallmark Movies & Mystery's, thrillers and my most recent is Murdock Mysteries which is a CBC production, I can rest assured the FBI will never knock on my door ask for my assistance. Having attended a fun, local Who Killed Poe night at the library, you can be certain my future does not lie in deductive reasoning.
It apparently does not lie at guessing who the killer is in Cynthia Eden's novel either. Intrigued from the first page to the last, Eden kept me captivated with her frightening knowledge of the mind of the sociopath. Dr. Macey Night discovers herself the victim of such a mind. A fellow Doctor at the hospital where she practices, but she escapes injuring him in the process.
Fast forward several years and Macey is no longer a practicing physician. She is now an FBI agent on a task-force hunting the worst of serial killers. Along with her partner Agent Bowen Murphy and other trusted Agents they seek to discover if Macey's nightmare has returned. Either Eden is who I want to be when I grow up, (I am envisioning pesky questions of doctors even interrupting the as they try to explain) or she has a research assistant who needs a raise because I got chills as she described several of the scenes. Not only the murder scenes, but the scenes with the ME. (shivers again for effect)
As the story unfolds and Macey and Bowen realize they are looking for a killer who is one step ahead of them, they turn to each other to make the nights survivable. It is completely taboo, but they do it anyway. I LOVED the rationale BOTH characters told themselves to justify what they were doing. Now back to my lack of deductive reasoning. The plot thickens and while Eden surprised me at every turn, I tried AND failed to guess who might be the killer. My guesses always turned up dead. Guess who always lost at Clue!
Anyhoo, Eden's work is thrilling, surprising, frighteningly believable. The love story between Macey and Bowen is powerful, binding and forever.
Publisher: HQN (December 26, 2017)
Two FBI agents are caught in a merciless vigilante’s crosshairs in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s electric Killer Instinct series
Sheltered in the shadows of the Smoky Mountains is the suspect who’s summoned FBI agent Macey Night’s fears to the surface. Every day that the “Profiler,” a vigilante serial killer, escapes justice is another day she’s reminded of what it is to be a ruthless predator’s prey. Capturing him is a craving deeper than anything she’s felt in a long time. But Agent Bowen Murphy, equal parts sexy and volatile, seems hell-bent on changing that. Working together—needing, living and breathing each other—they’re entwined to distraction.
Bowen’s used to operating on impulse: act, don’t feel. Now Macey and the controlled terror behind her beautiful eyes have him rethinking everything, including his rule to never get close to a colleague. He’s willing to fight for a future with Macey, but the consequences of love could be deadly.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.