My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There’s definitely good value in this standalone from Layla as you get three intertwined plot threads mixing together.
The main story is a suspense thriller with a side order of romance but it also includes an element of self-discovery.
Brilliantly researched, as is anything from this author, I felt the pacing moved along well with the serial killer investigation.
I changed my mind multiple times on who I thought the bad guy was, and I really liked the secondary copycat killer plot.
The twists were interesting and my initial guess turned out to be half right but not the killer’s actual identity .
I really loved the small college town vibe of the setting and the people who lived there, it had a very strong sense of place.
One element I was both disappointed in, but also totally understood why it was like that, was the relationship between Carter and Lincoln.
I think the narrative decision to keep them apart physically apart from some hot kisses and serious UST absolutely made sense.
But I would have loved to have had more of them once they finally became a couple at the end of the story.
They were a perfect match and, while the story is investigation first, romance second, I still felt sad we only got to see them together in love at the very end because I loved them as a partnership.
I’m not going into the plot itself, it worked for me, I liked the twists and turns it took and I liked how it incorporated forensics.
Carter was a delight, confident, brash but with a vulnerable centre, while Lincoln, a decade older, had that sexy, intelligent nerd vibe.
I know this is a standalone, but I’d love to read them investigating more FBI cold cases.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.