Fatal Obsession

A Fatal Obsession

A Fatal Obsession – A McCabe & Savage Thriller, by James Hayman

“James Hayman’s edgy, ingenious novels rival the best of Lisa Gardner, Jeffery Deaver, and Kathy Reichs. A Fatal Obsession is his finest to date: a ferocious live-wire thriller starring two of the most appealing cops in contemporary fiction.” —A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Hello friends, if you haven’t surmised already, I read fictions of a variety of genres, as in posts here or here. That said, thrillers (mystery/suspense) are usually my go-to category. So, A Fatal Obsession featuring the dynamic dual of McCabe & Savage.


Zoe McCabe is a beautiful young actress on the verge of stardom who has been basking in the standing ovations and rave reviews she’s been getting from critics and fans alike for her portrayal of Desdemona in an off-Broadway production of Othello. As she takes her final bows, Zoe has no idea that, seated in the audience, a man has been studying her night after night, performance after performance. A man whose carefully crafted plans are for the young actress to take a starring role in a far deadlier production he has created just for her.

Portland, Maine detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage are settling into the new rhythm of their relationship when McCabe gets a late night call from his brother Bobby that Zoe, McCabe’s favorite niece and Bobby’s daughter, has suddenly disappeared. The NYPD is certain Zoe’s abduction is the work of the man the tabloids have dubbed “The Star Struck Strangler,” a killer who has been kidnapping, abusing and finally strangling one beautiful young performer after another. Bobby begs McCabe to return to the New York City crime beat he’d left behind so many years ago, to work his old connections, and to help find Zoe before her time runs out. The stakes for McCabe and Savage have never been higher. Or more personal. And suddenly the race is on to stop a vicious attacker, before the McCabe family is torn apart beyond repair.

What I think

I’ve read all the books in the McCabe/Savage series and like the detectives. However, I feel that this one is not quite up-to-par. It’s not so much the detectives or the investigation. More like I’m not that into the character of Zoe. At times, the narration seems to go too slow for me. Although I’ve read about Stockholm Syndrome, its signs, etc., I still feel disgusted about the so-called relationship between Zoe and Tyler.

On the whole, it’s still a good read. More reviews here or here.

Have you read it? What do you think?

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