The Sins of the Mother, Miller & Stevens #1, by Scott Pratt & Mark Stout. As you know, I love mysteries, thrillers, and the like. (see examples here or here.) For some reason, I’d never read any of Pratt’s books. Just for fun, I decided to read his new series, written in collaboration with Stout. I couldn’t put it down. I finished the book in one day!
A killer is putting the mangled, lifeless bodies of prostitutes on display in two sleepy Northeast Tennessee towns.
The murderous spree is accelerating.
Two detectives, Lukas Miller from Johnson City and Brooke Stevens from Kingsport, have been assigned to hunt the killer down and stop him. Miller and Stevens are considered the best in their respective departments, and although they’ve never met, their superiors order them to work together in a coordinated effort to put an end to the violence as quickly as possible. Their reputations, and perhaps their careers, are on the line. As the body count grows, Lukas and Brooke find themselves growing more and more desperate to catch a cunning psychopath who delights in painting their terrified towns red with blood. Will Lukas and Brooke finally end the nightmare? Or will the hunters become the hunted?
Most reviews I’ve read online are positive. A few not so much. Well, granted, the serial killer plot is nothing new. However, how the authors present the story; how they sprinkle the clues here and there; how they weave in a budding romance; you don’t find those in every serial killer novel out there.
So the novel starts with a prologue. What a hook it is! I kept turning the pages to try to find out who the characters in the prologue were. I had to read the whole book to find out. Can you believe it? I read the whole book because of the prologue. The detectives and the villain seem to have nothing to do with the characters described on the first couple of pages. Then, the answer came toward the very end.
Definitely a good read!
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