A serial killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with married women. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending three disturbing images to their husbands: alive, tortured, dead.
When Detective Ruby Preston receives a new photograph of a terrified victim, she must try and work out where she is, before it’s too late.But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way.
Desperate for more information, Ruby persuades her boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting. But will the dark and charming Mason Gatley really help her catch the killer before someone else dies? Or will Ruby be the next victim?
My Rating: 5/5
My Review: Well it seems Caroline Mitchell just goes from strength to strength with her writing and series of books and Ruby Preston is a character I now love. As a character she is somebody you just root for no matter what. Even though she is slightly involved with a criminal from the other side of the law, she has a loyalty to the job and it shines through in Mitchell’s writing.
This particular story line was intriguing with Mason Gatley who is behind bars seemingly knowing everything the current killer is doing. Ruby just has to figure out what is going on and work out whether she is being manipulated by Gatley or not. There is a similar feeling of that I got when watching Silence of the Lambs and it made for a compelling read.
Sadly I think this may be the last Ruby Preston, although a girl can hope for things to change. Thankfully I have other Caroline Mitchell books to read (thank goodness). This book was full of intrigue, suspense and characters you want to continue reading about. I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend reading all the books in this series.