Mira, Apr2003, 6.50, 384 pp.
An eighteen-year-old North Dakota resident who has come to Boston to attend school is murdered. Her murder leads to the Boston police to set up a task force headed by Lieutenant Conor Rafferty to stop the serial killer rapist before someone else dies. The FBI sends profiler Dr. Carolyn Monahan to help solve the case. Ten years ago, Conor and Caro were engaged until someone murdered her sister while she lingered in bed with her beloved instead of picking up her sibling as previously arranged. Unable to face the guilt, Caro left town and joined the Feds.
Though he hates having the FBI involved and more so Caro, Conor realizes her profiling skill helps especially as a tool to eliminate those most likely not to be the killer. As their attraction rekindles, Caro becomes the focus of a clever murderer whose apparent current terror is not his first as he sends unique photos of her sister's murder to prove otherwise.
Though the culprit when revealed by Laurie Breton seems strange, readers will find fascinating this strong serial killer romance that intelligently weaves elements from both genres into a taut thriller. The story line is loaded with action focused on a triangle between Conor and Caro in love and the killer playing cat and mouse with both of them, but mostly Caro. The insight into profiling is superb taking much of the mysticism out of it yet brilliantly used to further the plot. Police procedural and romantic suspense fans will want to read Laurie Breton's enjoyable tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner