by D.V. Berkom
Released: February 7th 2012
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Suspense
How I Got It: Sent a copy by the author
A retired assassin. A serial killer with a social agenda.
A politician with a fondness for free-range livestock.
Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure.
Santiago Jensen, a homicide detective with a playboy reputation is assigned to the reality show murder case. There's instant attraction when he meets Leine Basso, but until they catch the murderer, he has to keep his distance.
When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll need to use all of her cunning to stop him and rescue her daughter.
Review: I have to admit I hemmed and hawed about requesting this to review. The concept sounded interesting so I finally gave in.
While there were multiple murders on the set of Serial Date, a reality TV show featuring convicted criminals, which probably would be pretty interesting, the majority of the story surrounds Leine. Granted there were several other colorful characters. Like Peter who seemed self-destructive, the Senator also self-destructive, and Gene who got in over his head. Then there was Jensen who trying to solve a case, but falls for the wrong gal.
I was pulled into the plot and swept along. As the book progressed everything swirls together, twisting and turning into a giant mess. I wound up reading late into the night to see how this ended and it was pretty good. Although felt slightly open ended, and I didn't really get a sense of closure I would have liked.