Beautiful Maids All in a Row by Jennifer Harlow

Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Publisher: Alibi
Release Date: October 11, 2016



Dr. Iris Ballard gave up her life as a forensic psychologist after tragic events ended her husband's life. When a woman she knows disappears, Iris can't help but let her former partner, FBI Special Agent Luke Hudson, draw her back in. Someone is brutally raping, torturing, and killing woman, and Iris has the skill it's going to take to catch the sadistic madman known as the Woodsman.

Iris is quick to figure out the killer's identity, but catching a powerful man proves difficult, especially when she's still haunted by her own demons. She'll do everything it takes, but he's just as determined to use her past to destroy her.

I did find myself drawn into Iris's story. She hides from her past with a bottle, a house in the middle of nowhere, and her German Shepherd. That she so easily gave them all up when Luke came calling seemed odd, but I moved on from that and let myself get absorbed in the story.

Iris is a smart cookie, but the killer is an equal match. He bugged me, but then he also came off as very convincing. Was it coincidence that the killer was buddies with Donald Trump? Not sure, but it did get me to snicker a few times.

In the end, this is a solid suspense/mystery. I'm curious to see where Iris goes from here, so I definitely got drawn in and want more.

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