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FIRST HE LEARNS YOUR DARKEST FEARS...THEN HE MAKES YOU LIVE THEM.With a serial rapist loose on the streets of Savannah, hotshot detective Ryne Robel needs all the help he can get for his task force. And he needs it now, before another woman falls victim. But Abbie Phillips isn't what he bargained for. Sent from an exclusive group of the best criminologists in the country,FIRST HE LEARNS YOUR DARKEST FEARS...THEN HE MAKES YOU LIVE THEM.With a serial rapist loose on the streets of Savannah, hotshot detective Ryne Robel needs all the help he can get for his task force. And he needs it now, before another woman falls victim. But Abbie Phillips isn't what he bargained for. Sent from an exclusive group of the best criminologists in the country, she's smart, fierce...and distracting. She may be a brilliant forensic profiler, but Ryne needs answers, not psychobabble and head games.However, Abbie convinces him that head games are exactly what this elusive suspect is all about. The seemingly random acts of torture are actually calculated to match each victim's darkest fears. And the stakes are rising. While they study the devious psychopath, he's watching them -- the next objects of his horrifying obsession....

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ISBN : 9780425230237
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Number of Pages : 343 Pages
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Waking Nightmare Reviews

  • Mo
    2018-11-02 19:44

    3.5 starsThis is my first time reading this author and I must say I did like it. Have been on a bit of a Sandra Brown kick lately but wanted to switch authors but not genres.He'd be the sort of man to appeal to most women, she supposed, if they liked the lean, lethal, surly type ... the hard line of his jaw was beginning to show five o'clock shadowSet in Savannah, Georgia. Jaded, tough Detective, Ryne. Strong, but petite Criminologist, Abbie."Never figured someone your size could move that fast. It was like trying to keep my eye on a hummingbird."I was kept guessing right to the end. Love scenes when we got to them were quite hot. But I felt the relationship development was a bit lacking. Not sure what I really wanted but I wanted something more. Think that is why it was not a 4 star read for me.He knew how to kiss a woman. Deep. Demanding.Devastating.Abbie's sister makes an appearance in the book.Callie would draw a man's attentionbut Abbie would keep it.Overall an enjoyable read but it lacked the WOW factor of other suspense books. I think I have been spoiled by other authors. I will definitely check out more by this author.

  • Shawna
    2018-10-21 19:35

    5 stars – Romantic SuspenseI didn’t know anything about this author or series until I got a recommendation on Amazon based on my past reading preferences and ratings, and I’m glad because it’s an excellent romantic suspense read that I might have otherwise overlooked. I read it in one sitting because I simply couldn’t put it down.There’s a sadistic serial rapist at large in Savannah and the police are at a complete standstill in the investigation. Former New York homicide cop Ryne Robel is heading up a specialized task force and requests that an additional investigator be added to his team to work on the case, but when Abbie Phillips is assigned from the outside to assist, he gets much more than he bargained for. Abbie is a forensic profiler from an elite, private consulting group known as the Mindhunters that consists of the best, most brilliant criminologists in the country, all trained by ex-FBI top profiler Adam Raiker. Ryne is frustrated (and distracted) by Abbie’s presence, and although she’s a smart profiler and capable investigator, he and the other cops on the task force want immediate results, not her psychobabble and head games. But Abbie is convinced that the rapist their hunting is different and that the outwardly random acts of torture inflicted on the victims are intended to inflict their darkest fears and phobias. With his team in a desperate race to catch the psychopath before another woman falls victim, can Ryne and Abbie solve the puzzle before it’s too late? Ryne and Abbie share a deep, mutual respect as they work together to solve the case and their attraction and chemistry is intense and explosive, but they’re both emotionally damaged from painful past events that make them hesitant to begin an intimate relationship or to open up and trust each other. Even though it’s a police procedural, suspense/thriller, there is a good dose of romance as well, and it’s believable and nicely balanced. There’s also a subplot involving Abbie’s volatile relationship with her bipolar sister Callie that adds some emotional twists and turns, and is both genuine and heartbreaking. Waking Nightmare reminded me a little bit of a cross between CSI, Law and Order: SVU, and a Karen Rose novel. It’s a very well written, intense, gripping, chilling, and clever romantic suspense read with a taut, well crafted plot and intriguing characters. The story has lots of twists and surprises and kept me engaged and guessing until the very end. This is the first book in the Mindhunters trilogy, and I’m looking forward to book two, Waking Evil, that comes out in Oct’09. 5 stars!

  • Kathrynn
    2018-10-23 03:32

    Second Read - June 29, 2015- I still enjoyed this book! Nicely written and excellent suspense! Great character building! Took it to the beach with me to re-read during vacation. :-) First Read - January 15, 2010Excellent suspense had me gripping the pages. My only regret was that I didn't read this book in a time when I could be uninterrupted. Would have read it in a day--day and half--tops! No slow parts. Great characters, Ryne Robel and Abbie Phillips. Both had emotional baggage and their backstories were given out one morsel at a time. There are other characters that also keep the story rolling along. Abbie's sister, Callie, their horrible childhood (molestation), a police officer with a "problem," another officer who acted like Don Juan and more.The criminal in this was hard to figure. I like that! Several possibilities and a nice surprise. Some gruesome scenes, but the author did not elaborate too much on the how the victims were tortured and raped. The "waking nightmare" element was truly horrible. Sick and twisted. The romance was good, but not a large part of the book. For anyone who enjoys a Karen Rose thriller-suspense, this one would be for you!Kept this review short and sweet--no spoilers--that would ruin EVERYTHING. Enjoy!4 1/2 Stars

  • Aisling Zena
    2018-11-11 21:18

    3.5 stars

  • Keri
    2018-10-24 02:30

    Very good first book in trilogy. I know KB has wrote books in the category romance arena and this is first out in mainstream. Very well done. It took me awhile to warm up to Annie. But in the end it was well worth it. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  • Jo
    2018-10-19 21:25

    A good romantic suspense. I really enjoyed the suspense in this book, and I was very impressed with the author’s technique in keeping me guessing on the identity of the serial rapist. When this person was finally revealed at the end, I was quite surprised.I really liked Abbie. She was tough, and very good at keeping her professional composure amongst all the hostility from the other cops, who did not like having a consultant and profiler on their case.In the beginning I found it hard to like Ryne. He came across as a jerk with quite an ego. I didn’t like how he acted towards Abbie once he found out that she’s a profiler, and I quite enjoyed it when she showed him just how valuable an asset she is to any team.Their romance was slow starting, mainly because of Ryne’s rudeness, but I did start to like him later in the book. Ryne sure did like to push Abbie’s buttons, and he did sometimes infuriate me because of this. Their chemistry was quite intense, but I wasn’t really wowed by their romance.I think the most interesting part of this book was the relationship between Abbie and her sister Callie. Their past, and the effect it had and still has on both of them broke my heart.“You know I’ve never cared for what you do,” Callie said suddenly. “All those cops and bodies.” She wrinkled her nose. “But you must be good at it. And that makes me proud. Sometimes I think you’re the only good thing I’ve ever done, Ab.”

  • Lady Heather
    2018-11-18 20:42

    I liked this story. The writing and the storyline were good, but I found the characters a little 'dry' for my taste. It took awhile for me to warm up to the leads Abbie & Ryne.* It felt like it took me 'forever' to really get into the story so that I didn't feel like I wanted the put it down... but once I 'really got into the story, I was hooked. *I really enjoyed the ending (I would never have guessed who the 'villain' was in this story).

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2018-10-28 21:36

    2.5Waking Nightmare has one of the sickest villains I've come across. He isn't content just to be an ordinary rapist. Oh, no. He uses a drug that enhances the torture and I am not talking about rape alone. His victims get to experience their phobias at a whole new level while being raped. And to add to the horror, he leaves them alive. It is very important to him that they continue living in whatever state he'd left them.You can't exactly say you liked something like this, but the rapist and the way he commits his crimes is what stands out in this book.Then, there is a subplot where Abbie's sister comes to Savannah and find out about Abbie's childhood. That part was also interesting.My choice of genre was deliberate. I was in a mood for a suspenseful crime story with romance. So, I'm not going to start with 'oh, there was romance and I don't like that'. However, it was weak and a couple of sexy scenes (there weren't many) were kind of too long. It was awkward at times. And boring. Next, I like when an author decides how they would call certain body parts so they don't end up calling penis 'his sex', 'manhood', 'cock' all in one book. Make up your mind. It is hilarious like this. Twice he watches 'her eyes go to smoke'. Yes, we know they are greyish. It took me out of the book. Overall, I did like parts of the book and I wanted a romantic suspense. Only, the romantic part wasn't really good.

  • Mojca
    2018-10-20 19:35

    Savannah is plagued by a sadistic serial rapist, later dubbed Nightmare Rapist, and the police task force assigned to the case is chasing ghosts around town. The guy is methodical, doesn’t leave any clues, and there appears not to be any link connecting his victims. Ryne Robel, ex-Boston homicide detective and head of the task force has finally gotten his wish – another investigator assigned to the case, but his hope quickly dwindles when Abbie Phillips enters the conference room. She doesn’t look like an investigator, she’s tiny and dainty. She actually isn’t an investigator, but an "outside consultant", a profiler Ryne’s boss hopes will be able to figure what makes the rapist tick and help put him away for good.Despite his initial resistance at working with her, Ryne quickly develops a deep respect for Abbie and her "psychobabble BS" regarding the rapist and his methods. And something more. Their attraction is surprising and explosive in its intensity, even more so with their mutual painful pasts and dark secrets. And that same attraction could also prove a fatal distraction as the rapist is getting a little too close for comfort.This intense, gripping, chilling, and fast-paced page-turner had (almost) all.The cast of characters was great. I loved the leading pair in all their contrasting glory. Where she was small and dainty, he was tough and gruff, but both had quite a similar core of steel underneath...And secrets that shaped their lives, past and present. I liked their individual characters, how they worked together, and how they complimented each other. I also liked how their relationship progressed from initial animosity (on both parts) through respect for each other’s abilities and professionalism, explosive attraction to something steadier and stronger. I wouldn’t categorize it as love, since the pace the story (and the two of them) went through was quite grueling, but I guess they were on a good way there once it all ended. But most of all, I liked how they were equal to each other throughout the story; they might not have had the same skill set, but they acknowledged each other’s strengths, and worked very well together once that initial dislike passed. They were able to have actual conversation about serious topics (beside the investigation) without one of them treating the other as inferior or simpleminded. How refreshing.If this story didn’t have the strong romantic (or whatever you want to call it) subplot smack in the middle of it, it could’ve easily be classified as a straightforward thriller with its hefty dose of police procedural, lab talk, different investigative angles and trajectories, and the chilling insights into the villain.Romance or not, it would’ve worked either way, but with its romantic angle I can say, it was a more “rounded” story, covering every angle.The pacing was spot-on, the speed slowly building as the story progressed and the villain started to unravel. I loved the voice and narrative style, giving the story a slight “edge”, keeping things gripping and intense throughout, the characterization was great (even with the supporting cast who didn’t appear there only to serve as backdrop to the main story). The suspense was gripping and nail-bite worthy with so many twists and turns to make your head spin.The only thing that bothered me was the heroine’s sister driven subplot, that worked mostly to create additional conflict between h/H and to provide the big climax scene, and the slightly unsatisfying ending. After more than 300 pages everything was resolved and explained in a matter of paragraphs. After page upon page of plot twists and red herrings, the measly few pages and a rather deus ex machina resolution left a slightly bitter aftertaste.

  • Glory
    2018-11-11 19:27

    Читаю уже вторую книгу, решила добавить пару слов о первой.Думаю, эта серия что-то вроде «Отдела Ноя Бишопа» у Хупер. Тут даже свой Ной имеется – Адам Рэйкер, суперкрутой профайлер, ушедший в отставку из-за тяжелых травм и открывший свое агентство. Именно его ученики стали героями серии. Паранормал тоже обещают, но в первой книге его абсолютный ноль – тут чистый романтик саспенс. Хотя дальше вроде и пророческие сны будут, и многое другое. Посмотрим.Итак, в этом романе речь о серийном насильнике. Во время нападения он пытает жертв их самыми жуткими страхами, а потом оставляет в живых, наслаждаясь их дальнейшими мучениями. Героиня – даже не сотрудница органов, а просто консультант. Психолог-профайлер, ученица того самого Рэйкера. Ее приглашают в целевую группу местных копов, когда те сами не справляются. Естественно, поначалу хрупкую на вид девицу воспринимают в штыки, но она обязательно докажет свою профпригодность.Очень удачное сочетание триллера и любовного романа. Атмосфера напряженная, расследование динамичное, и несмотря на целых 3 любовные сцены (что для меня обычно в триллерах перебор), отношения не забивают эфир, а развиваются вполне реалистично. Не возникало мысли, мол, когда ж вы делом успеваете заниматься, если только о сексе и думаете. Автор весьма грамотно переплела линии, избежала сплошной хочучки, еще и умудрилась поделиться безрадостным прошлым героев. У каждого свои скелеты и тараканы, что добавило персонажам красок и жизни.В общем, мне очень и очень понравилось. Претензии только к концовке. Она слегка смазана, и я не до конца поняла все закидоны главного злодея, но это, наверное, из-за невнимательности))И да, еще мощным получился образ Келли, способной защитить любимую сестренку от чего угодно, кроме себя и своего безумия.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-14 00:38

    This book is very procedural. If you like CSI then you might like this book. I say might because I love CSI, and I really didn't care for this book. I guess I just like to watch how they solve crimes, not read about it. The characters are flat; there is just not a lot to make the reader like them. Both have very dark tortured pasts but, IMO the author did nothing to make you feel for them. In all honesty I skipped about 50 pages of this book so that I could get to the end and see "who done it". Even though I was completely surprised at the bad guy, the reveal was flat and somewhat dull.

  • Shannon C.
    2018-10-29 20:44

    I liked the parts of the story with the characters working the case. Good mystery/cop procedural style book. However the book was classified 'romantic suspense' and it didn't have a lot of romance. There were some sex scenes that just seemed thrown in. What was missing was building romantic tension. Just wasn't feeling it. The relationship development could have been done a lot better.

  • Kristen
    2018-11-05 00:43

    In Kylie Brant's Waking Nightmare, the first installment in the Mindhunters romantic suspense series, this debut would keep you at the edge of your seat. Be careful on who you tell your darkest secrets and fears too. For Abbie Philipps, she's the newest member of Detective Ryne Robel's task force team in Savannah, when they deal with a serial rapist/murder on the scene. With a lot of emotional baggage from her past and her sister's mental health issues, she had a lot on her own plate to deal with. Being criticized by Robel and his fellow task members shouldn't be one of them. They needed her to profile this UNSUB's mind and to get inside to make him tick. One by one, she began connecting the dots to what drew his victims together, while she tried not to get too close to Ryne. For Robel, Abbie was more than a pretty face to join his team. But when they worked together to establish victimology, he had his own heated feelings for her on a more intimate and personal nature. He also carried a darkest secret of his own that he had to live with. As they discovered closer to identifying the perp, it hit too close to home when Abbie's sister had brought home the killer and put their own lives in danger, when they had to find for themselves in the end.

  • Jaclyn
    2018-10-27 20:19

    Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.Waking Nightmare is Brant's first novel in her Mindhunter series. This is a series that revolves around a private company that assists the police with investigations that can't be handled with local resources. The purpose and set up of this company is a little foggy, but it ultimately has little to do with the larger plot. The main focus of Waking Nightmare is one of those "mindhunters" landing in Savannah to assist the local police with the profile of a serial rapist terrorizing the city.Abbie Phillips is used to animosity from the local police. She's a profiler, and as an outside in most investigations she's not always welcome. However, Abbie is going to do her job and that means delving into the mind of a disturbed individual who is assaulting woman and forcing them to live through their worst nightmares. Ryne Robel is the local cop who is leading the task force in tracking down the rapist. He's not convinced that Abbie is what his team needs, but he reluctantly comes around when she starts to prove her worth. It doesn't hurt that he also thinks she's hot.With Waking Nightmare you've got the basic set up for the romantic suspense genre. There's a mystery and there's romance. For the most part, I thought both elements were done fairly well. While reading, I was very much reminded of Laura Griffin's Tracers series because of the types of characters used as well as the concept of a private company becoming involved in the investigation. Griffin has the Delphi Center, Brant has Raiker Forensics (known as the Mindhunters). If you're a fan of Griffin's series, Mindhunters is a must read.In terms of romance, I liked Waking Nightmare. The dynamic between Ryne and Abbie was great. It started off confrontational and slowly developed into something more. Both characters had stuff in their past that held them back in the relationship and I liked that these elements were not easily brushed aside. That said, I think I would have liked a closer look at each character's individual issues. Both Abbie and Ryne were dealing with some pretty heavy duty stuff and I don't know that it ever really got resolved at the end, just acknowledged. The mystery took precedence when it came to the personal, which makes sense in reality, in romancelandia, well, I was looking for more.Ultimately, I finished Waking Nightmare invested in the series. I liked the combination of procedural details with the interpersonal. I liked it so much that I've already started book two, Waking Evil. If you're a fan of Laura Griffin, this is the series for you.

  • Lauren
    2018-10-30 01:28

    Waking Nightmare4.5 StarsA serial rapist is terrorizing Savannah and the police call in private profiler, Abbie Phillips, for assistance on the case. Abbie clashes both personally and professionally with the lead investigator, Ryne Robel, and the two must develop a workable relationship if they are to stop the sadistic monster before he strikes closer to home. Brant’s writing style is reminiscent of Cynthia Eden’s Deadly Fear and Die for Me books. The plot is well-constructed with some exciting twists and turns, fast-paced action scenes and an intense climax. Abbie and Ryne are a compelling couple and the development of their romance from resentment to respect to attraction and then commitment is believable and engaging. Both are appealing characters coping with traumatic pasts although Abbie’s background as a profiler and he work for Adam Raiker could have been more detailed. The villain’s identity comes as a surprise, but that isn’t to say the clues aren’t there rather they are cleverly interwoven into the storyline so it is easy to miss them. This gives the book bonus points as I am usually able to guess the killer quite quickly. All in all, an entertaining romantic thriller that is not to heavy on the gritty and gruesome descriptions.

  • Barb in Maryland
    2018-11-10 00:41

    Sorry I can't do a review a la SBTB. I do not have the true snark-ability. However--here goes:Waking Nightmare by Kylie Brant--Grade DAnd OMG I actually read the whole thing so I could find out whodunnit. Number one thing wrong--both the hero and the heroine are carrying serious emotional baggage. And then the author (number 2) drags the heroine's bipolar sister into the mix and (number 3) has the obligatory sleazy cop involved with a prostitute and (number 4) the captain/chief of police who also has baggage that ties into the hero's baggage. Oh yeah--story is supposedly set in Savannah--no atmosphere! Could have been set in Havre de Grace,MD for all she did with Savannah.And then can we mention the lack of chemistry between the hero and heroine? And let's not even get into the ID of the perp??Somewhere in there was an interesting twist on the serial criminal trope--but OMG, trying to find it. I shall not be bothering with the other two.

  • A. Walker
    2018-11-14 19:25

    A Surprise in the Who Done ItThis is the first book that I have read by Kylie Brant. I enjoyed the intelligent writing style and the intelligence of the characters. Ms. Brant gave you little OMG moments in regards to the characters personal lives. This story is an more about the suspense and mystery than the romance of the characters. I found this a little disappointing. Just when I thought there was true building of a romance the tone of the story changed back to the investigation. So it was difficult for me to see a strong lasting relationship in the end even though that is what the author was going for. I understand this is the first in the series. I will read the others and hopefully they will have more depth in terms of Abbie and Ryne's relationship.

  • J. Ostrowski
    2018-10-31 02:27

    Nothing mind-blowing here. It was a fairly predicatable sequence taking the reader through the steps of an investigation into a serial rapist from the point of view of stand-offish profiler Abbie Philips. I couldn't wait to get to the end and be done with it. The plot was well done. The twists and misleading possibilities were all in place. What was lacking? Hard to put a finger on it but it simply wasn't a high-charge read for me. The wrap-up was dull, maybe because I was never invested enough to care about the loose ends.

  • Melanie
    2018-10-28 02:33

    I unfortunately read this one right after I Can See You which had a similar storyline but was, IMO, better and more gripping.. I still found it to be a good book, 3.5*, and will give the second in the series a try... I was surprised at the twist at the end though:-)

  • Anne OK
    2018-11-18 19:43

    After receiving a recommendation on a reader's blog this morning, I promptly set about finding this series of books. I have just finished the first book "Waking Nightmare" and it was fantastic. Well-drawn characters with a storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat guessing who the "bad guy" was. Will start reading Book #2 in the morning!

  • Lynn Mccrea
    2018-11-13 02:31

    I listened to this book.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-28 19:37

    Shades of Kay Hooper, but with a little more romance. Kept my interest. Need to read more from the author.

  • jenjn79
    2018-11-04 03:45

    I've had this series sitting on my shelf for a while after having it recommended by a couple GR friends and finally decided to read it. I'd read a few of Brant's HQ/Sil books and didn't mind them and I love romantic suspense so this seemed like it'd be a great series. This first book started off really well, but it didn't quite fully deliver. There were, for me, some critical areas it lacked in that kept it from moving from a good book to a great book.Series Note:First book in Brant's "Mindhunters" series about an independent forensics agency and the cases they get involved in.Summary:Abbie Phillips is a profiler for Raiker Forensics, an independent forensics agency run by a legendary former FBI agent. She's been sent to work on a serial rapist case in Savannah, Georgia where women are being raped and tortured in horrific ways. Once there, she's joins the police task force for the case and buts heads with lead detective Ryne Robel and the other cops who don't want an outsider in their way. Abbie slowly wins them over...somewhat...with her insight and diligence.Right from the start there's an attraction between Ryne and Abbie, but both fight it, knowing the case needs their attention. And both have old demons they are fighting - Abbie a terrible childhood that haunts her to this day, and Ryne the nightmares of a case gone wrong. They can't fight the attraction, though, and begin an affair. No matter what is between them, they still have to find a rapist who appears to be using women's worst nightmares against them. But differences of opinion and personal conflicts threaten to derail Abbie and Ryne...along with putting their lives in danger.Review:This book got off to such a promising start. I love dark, creepy, procedural romantic suspenses and that exactly what this seemed to be. The first few chapters gave me a lot of hope that this would be an excellent book. Unfortunately, it never quite lives up to its early promise. There were some areas it was severely lacking that kept me from truly loving it. But I'll start with what I liked first.The plot of the story is excellent. It's a dark tale about a serial rapist who also tortures women - so it's not a book for those who don't want to read about such subject matter. Even so, it's not overly dark. Brant doesn't dig in to the victimology or give you first hand accounts of what the victims are going through. So you don't feel dragged down by all the bad stuff.Brant did an excellent job crafting the plot, making it engaging and keeping me reading. Brant also gets bonus points for doing well on the procedural aspect. She SHOWED us what was going on in the investigation instead of TELLING or just skipping altogether, as many some romantic suspense authors tend to do. You really feel like you're reading about a case being solved and all the work that goes into it. I know some hate all that procedural detail, but it interests me so I liked that part of the book.Also, the author does an excellent job keeping you guessing on who the bad guy is....maybe too good of a job, though. I loved that the bad guy wasn't obvious, that, as a reader, I spent a lot of time trying to put together the details, clues and whatnot trying to figure out who the rapist was. It ramps up the suspense aspect and has you wanting to just keep reading. On the flip side, I can also say that Brant was maybe too vague and stingy on the clues to the bad guy. Because really, there aren't any particularly real clues to the bad guys identity. It's one thing to be kept guessing and trying to put it all together - I had several suspects in mind, none of which were correct. But it's another thing to leave it so open that when you get the big reveal you're totally shocked. Which I was. The bad guy's identity comes totally out of left field at the end. I never saw it coming. Honestly, I'm undecided about whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. Because on one hand, it was perfectly logical, intriguing and real, but on the other hand, it has you scratching your head thinking, where the heck did that come from? Part of me thought there should have been clues leading up to the bad guy, making it less out of the blue, and another part of me thought, huh, that was a neat twist of events. So yeah, I'm undecided on that part of the story.The two main characters are also interesting, beneficial parts of the story. Poor Abbie, that girl's been to hell and back in her life and continues to deal with the repercussions of her childhood. You really feel bad for her, sympathize with her as a survivor. Then there's Ryne...he's maybe a bit cookie cutter - the tough guy cop who had a case go bad and feels endless guilt over it - but I liked him. They were good characters to read about.So those were the parts of the book I liked, and they made it an interesting story to read and kinda balanced out the things I didn't like. But there were some big things about the book that I thought could have been done a lot better.My biggest complaint was the lack of thorough character portraits - who are they, where did the come from, why do they do what they do, and all that. The two main characters are very much dealt with in the moment, with the exception of the big event in each ones pasts that helped define who they are. But aside from that, you get very little about these characters. You know that Abbie had a terrible childhood that affects her to this day, a troubled sister, and worked as a profiler for Raiker Forensics. But you don't get any tidbits on why she does what she does, her training/schooling, how she dealt with her past...things like that. Her character felt very incomplete, like you knew only the main details you needed to know to make the story work. Ryne was the same way...why was he a cop? Did he go to college? Who was his family? I just really wanted to know who these two people were outside of this case. It's a bit hard to fully connect with the characters you're reading about when you can't get to know them. For me, that really hurt the story.Another area lacking development was the whole set up of Raiker Forensics, a group referred to as the Mindhunters. They are the whole basis of this series - a group of people at an independent agency who help solve crimes. Yet you get absolutely no introduction to this group. Abbie drops into the story simply as an agent of the group to help with the case. All you learn is who started the group and why but you learn nothing else. I wanted a connection with the group, something to make it more real and not just some nebulous thing Abbie works for. I'm not even sure, throughout the entire story, if there's a mention of a single of Abbie's coworkers, at least by name. Makes you very disconnected from the group that is supposed to be the basis of the series and it doesn't give you any direct motivation to read future books in the series, really. Usually when you read about these special agency type series you get group scenes - interactions at headquarters, what they group does, why it does it, who is involved, intros to coworkers - stuff that sets the group up and whets your appetite for the future books. But there's just not any of that, which was very disappointing. It doesn't particularly incline you to keep reading when there is such little connection.The last area that needed some work for me was the romance. Something about it was just a bit off. I didn't quite get the spark between Ryne and Abbie. They seemed kinda like two characters who were shoved together because they were the two leads in the book. The connection between them is slow to develop - which isn't necessarily a problem - then just seems to jump right in. Suddenly they are lovers and feeling strong things for each other and I wasn't quite buying it. I don't know, it was just a romance that didn't hit on all cylinders for me, but it wasn't terrible. I've just read better. It also didn't help that the ending has a slightly HFN feeling instead of and HEA. There's not a real solid commitment between the two and as a reader you're not really sure where these two are headed. Us romance readers prefer solid, romantic endings. So the book had it's good points, but they were somewhat overruled by the bad points. I really wanted to like the story, but it just needed so much more in some areas for me to really get into it. It's still not a bad romantic suspense, though, and I think most RS readers will probably mostly enjoy it.p.s. - the plot of this book does have a strong similarity to Cynthia Eden's Deadly Fear, but considering Brant's was published first I can't really fault her for that.

  • Neal Bente
    2018-10-30 23:27

    The story line was interesting and getting into the heads of the detectives while they worked the case held my interest. The author also introduced some romance and sex between the two lead detectives. However the ending was abrupt and confusing and introduced a new character who had not been developed in the preceding chapters. I found my self going back to the previous chapters to see if I had missed the introduction and development of the character. The unlikely sequence of events that was the climax of the book was not well developed or explained. Except for the ending the book was enjoyable.

  • Geraint griffiths
    2018-10-30 23:15

    Fantastic ! Once again a really good read . Really clever plot. Believable characters who grew in me more i read the book .Really kept me guessing right to the end. . Love this author books .

  • cathy yarkovich
    2018-11-07 19:37

    Intriguing! Love the characters! Another page turner with a new twist constantly keeping you guessing. Love thus author. Definitely suspenseful and intriguing .

  • Carol McKeough
    2018-11-16 01:22

    Excellent read. Kept me guessing and the twist in the tail was totally unexpected

  • Sara Wells-henry
    2018-11-13 20:43

    Entertaining Enjoyed the combination of romance and crime novel. Not sure I bought into the conclusion of the crime fully though.

  • Diane Cohen
    2018-10-31 03:19

    Expertly writtenJust the right amount of suspense and lust to keep from putting book down. Now I want to read all of her books

  • Janet
    2018-10-30 21:39

    Serial rapist who also makes the victims suffer through their worse nightmares