Nicholas Bennette has retired from the Army and found his calling as a field agent for the FBI. Dr. Lauren Harris is an intelligent and renowned forensic pathologist, contacted by the Feds to assist in the capture of a ruthless serial killer known as The Phantom that tortures his victims by burying them alive. After his promotion to Director of the Southwestern Ohio Field Office in Dayton, Nicholas and Lauren are paired with one mission in mind: stopping the Phantom killer. Little does Nicholas know that Lauren has a secret. She possesses supernatural visions and can solve crimes using not only her education and the science of the crime, but also through seeing the world through the eyes of the killer's victims.
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Though Nicholas and Lauren's working relationship is strained at the start, the two find themselves growing closer to one another as they realize their lives are not that much different. Nicholas lives for catching criminals and bringing peace to their families; Lauren uses her gift to bring a voice to the victims that can no longer tell their tale. Through this mutual understanding, Nicholas and Lauren begin to develop feelings for one another, but the challenges of falling in love while chasing a killer serves to put both of them in harm's way.
Best part of story, including ending:
This book is the second that the author has written and the powerful images and gripping story line packs a punch that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I had a difficult time putting down this book because I so wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Best scene in story:
The scene where Lauren is trapped where Nicholas could see her, but was forced to stand there helpless unable to reach her was poignant because it showed the feelings that had developed between the two characters and the dire circumstance at hand when the two came a little too close to their suspect.
Opinion about the main character:
Nick's character began as someone that saw a career as the most important attribute in life and his heart of stone was softened by Lauren. Lauren began as an empathetic, caring character forced to face the hard reality that as much as she had done in her life, there was always more she could have done. I liked the progression of these characters and the realities they discovered. They were real, raw and relatable.