I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
I continue to be amazed by Abbie Roads' writing, and for the third time in a row, I was utterly spellbound.
Her first two books, books 1 & 2 in the Fatal Dreams
series had paranormal aspects to them, but this book - the first in a new series - was much grittier.
Cain is the son of a serial killer. This isn't the story about how he suffered, or how his father treated him - although it's discussed - no, it's the story about how society sensationalizes crime. He's been given some "gifts," perhaps through his father, maybe as a coping mechanism, or even because he managed to survive; and he uses them to help the FBI at some of the grisliest of crime scenes.
He wants to live simply. He gives back because he knows no other way. But always lurking in the shadows... it's not anything supernatural, it's the people that prey off the macabre. Collectors that want the goriest souvenir. Groupies that want to sleep with the son of a notorious criminal. The last thing he needs is any kind of connection between himself and one of his father's victims.
Well, you can't always get what you want. Mercy was a survivor, yet also a victim. She needed to be saved, but she was also a savior. The girl that lived through his father's attack had scars on the inside & out - and her ordeal continues on no matter how hard she tries to grasp on to normalcy.
When Cain and Mercy's life's collide, it's like a perfect storm. Neither of them expected the headiness that comes from a real-life meeting for the first time, even though they both know about the other quite well. They felt connected when they were younger through shared tragedy, and now as adults through peril.
There's more of a suspenseful mystery-type storyline in this book compared to the Fatal Dreams books, and I really loved it. I had no idea how the ending would turn out. Not only that, but the snippets about societal pressures and how we craft celebrities out of the notorious made this an incredibly compelling read.