I received a copy of this novel for review from NetGalley.
I initially requested this novel because I loved Elizabeth Heiter’s novel Vanished, which I reviewed on the blog last month. I find the same story as with Vanished… a profiler feels compelled to take on a case because of her intimate involvement with a case in the past… in this instance, the Fish Hook Rapist, who abducts young college girls and brands them. Ella Cortez is approached by Detective Logan, who practically begs her to take the case, even though he has not been authorized to request an FBI profiler. No matter, she’s not supposed to be on the case anyway.
I noted this in my notes while reading this story but I would have enjoyed this novel so much more if it had been straight suspense/mystery. The romantic element was extremely forced and unbelievable. My eyes glazed over any mention of attraction (which occurs, basically, on night one). I am amazed that professionals view a case in which people are losing their lives with the thought, “I’ve got to solve this HEINOUS CRIME. And also my partner is really hot. We’re going to solve this murder but first we need to almost have sex several times and then we just need to give in and also I love you but I have only know you six days…”
I really seriously can’t.
The story itself was enough to keep me turning pages. The initial assumption that the killer in Oakville, FL may be the same suspect accused of raping her best friend Maggie turns out to be questionable. However there IS a serial killer, still killing, still deadly. Cortez and Logan have to solve the case in a limited time, because not only is Ella not allowed to take on her own cases with the FBI, she’s supposed to be on vacation and the bosses don’t know she’s consulting.
I found a lot of really enjoyable elements that saved this novel from being a 2 star or DNF read. Great, believable action, a villain I love to hate and an incredible rescue scene were plus points for me.
I’ve tried to venture into Harlequin’s Intrigue line… some books are hit or miss. Vanished was excellent. Disarming Detective was iffy. Not a slam dunk. If you love goopy romantic InstaLove, this will be a great read.