Nowhere, Book 2
Synopsis: THERE ARE SINS
“Do unto others…” Carefully, he carves the words into their flesh. The victims are all young, brunette, pretty. But she’s the one he really wants. The others are just a way to ease the rage that has festered for years, until the only thing that calms him is his knife slicing through skin…
YOU NEVER LIVE
Detective September Rafferty—Nine to her friends—recognizes the artwork that arrives in the mail. She created it back in second grade. Now a killer’s words are slashed across it in what looks like blood. He knows her. September’s investigation leads to her old classmate, Jake Westerly. She wants to believe Jake is innocent. But trusting anyone could be her last mistake…
Every slight, every slur, he remembers them all. They turned him into a monster, and now they will suffer for it. Starting with September, he’ll show them that the past can never stay hidden, and the time of vengeance is at hand…
Review: I’m always quite attracted to romantic suspense and when I saw the summary of this one, I thought I could have a good time with the story.
Here, we follow September, a police officer, newly arrived and who finds herself on a case that could touch her much more than what she originally thought. At the same time as often in this kind of novels, also follows the killer, his thoughts, his desires with small asides in chapters without ever learning about his identity. Moreover, we feel fairly quickly his unhealthy nature, twisted and desperate to achieve his goal. I found that the author was successful in creating a perfect atmosphere around him. But back to September … this young woman went through and will go through many trials. Indeed, a serial killer seems interested in her, sending her school drawings along with some strange inscriptions. But then, is this a joke or is it for real? And what about Jake? The perfect boy she loved while younger but who never stayed with her and who he reappears now, related to the case … She should not succumb to the attraction and yet … I have to say that I enjoyed his character. Everyone makes him seem like the perfect boyfriend and it’s true that this is how we see him too. He wants to be there for September, to help her, to support and protect her. What more can we ask for?
What was a little annoying for me was the confusion and unspoken of the history. There are many elsewhere about the killer, the investigation on the September family or about the character that concludes the story. I found it a bit strange and the story gives us a little feeling of incomplete in the end. In all cases I enjoyed discovering more about our heroine and her pretty dysfunctional family. Oh yes, because for once, her family is really twisted and it is also true that the more we learn about them and the more we understand the remoteness of some children.
In any case it was interesting to follow the investigation to see what was going to happen, how everything was going to bind and to see how our heroine was going to come out in the end. Despite some points, I thought it was pretty well done and I wonder what the result will book now with the sequel.
The cover is dull, meh
Sorry it wasn’t perfect for you, though I do get why. I just love when we have the killers perspective (although, it’s usually YA for me, so maybe I wouldn’t like it in Adult since it’s probably more twisted, haha.)
the killer perspective was really interesting in fact
Intrigued by this. I’m sorry that it was not all you had hoped for but its positive that you are at least considering the sequel.
Romantic suspense is definitely an area in which I want to get more invested. I’ve read wonderful reviews and wonderful stories in the genre, and I feel like I’ve been missing out. September sounds interesting, as does the plot – too bad about the murky history thing… Beautiful review!
I love a good book in this genre, many are really well done!
Sorry this wasn’t a perfect read but it doesn’t sound like it was too terrible either. Hopefully your next read is a great one! 😀
no it’s ok
mmmm. At first I was curious….but meh. Random/interesting find tho!
I’m a fan of romantic suspense myself and I love the sound of this one though I hate that the world building is spotty and slightly confused. I’m going to check out this author and see about buying a copy of book one!
She has some great books, mainly with another author
Hmmm, this sounds like it was a pretty good read overall. The investigation, twisted family and heroine have me curious. I hope the next one is more to your liking and not so confusing (history aspect) 🙂
thanks! I hope so too
Oh, I don’t like the feeling of incompleteness by the end of books, I’m big on getting closure. I hope you’ll get some answers or that the thread will be picked up in the next book and that it would will help a bit!
yeah me too. It was weird.
Oooh romantic suspense, not a genre I’ve read in quite awhile. Great review!
I am glad that you enjoyed this despite your few niggles. I hope the next one is even better.
see romantic suspense is that kind of genre where you can’t do halfhearted story. It’s either four or five stars and anything below that wouldn’t be acceptable to me. It’s going to dull out the suspense part if it’s three stars and below, so I will probably skip this one
yes it’s complicated. This one wasn’t that good but I know some better.
Sounds like it got its moments. I just recently have become fan of Romantic suspense and I’m always looking for titles to add to my list since I’m new to genre, but your feelings for the ending are keeping me from getting excite about this one.
Thank you Mellanie 🙂
maybe the first one and third one are better.
I love the name September!
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the story around the names were nice.
Oh well. That’s unfortunate that the book left you unsatisfied. I thought the killer’s perspective is quite interesting, though.
Meh, not tripping my trigger.
Hm… not a great romantic suspense, but it does sound interesting enough. Might wait to see what you think about the sequel.